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Gov. John Bel Edwards checks out the refurbished kitchen in November. The residence is owned by a senior adult whose home was affected by the flood and is being repaired with the help of AARP Foundation.


Gov. John Bel Edwards has joined the governors of Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and West Virginia in a bipartisan call on Congress to provide for disaster recovery aid as it puts together a federal government spending measure this week.

Edwards is seeking $2 billion in additional aid to help the state recover from last year's historic floods. Congress appropriated $1.6 billion to the state last year.

Combined, the states are requesting about $3.6 billion in funding from disasters. Congress is currently working on a spending measure that would prevent the federal government from shutting down this weekend.

Edwards, a Democrat, penned the letter Wednesday along with Republican Govs. Nathan Deal (Ga.) and Henry McMaster (S.C.) and fellow Democratic Govs. Roy Cooper (N.C.) and Jim Justice (W.Va.). It's addressed to leaders of the U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriations Committees.

"There is an urgent need to provide relief for the families and individuals who have been impacted and the help of the federal government is crucial," they write in the letter.

South Carolina is seeking assistance for recovery from its historic flood in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. North Carolina also was impacted by Hurricane Matthew, with entire communities destroyed. Georgia had two catastrophic storms within three weeks in January. West Virginia suffered a 1,000 year flood in June 2016.

Edwards has also sent letters to the Trump administration.

U.S. Sens. John Kennedy and Bill Cassidy, both Republicans, recently met with Office of Budget and Management director Mick Mulvaney to stress Louisiana's request for additional aid. 

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