The White House on Tuesday asked Congress to approve billions in spending to address the ongoing crises created by the disastrous Category 4 Hurricane Ida and the Afghan refugee crisis in the aftermath of the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan. The request came after a bipartisan delegation of Louisiana congressmen asked the president in a Sept. 2 letter for emergency federal aid. The delegation—consisting of Sens. John Kennedy (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Reps. Clay Higgins (R-La.), Steve Scalise (R-La.), Mike Johnson (R-La.), Garret Graves (R-La.), Julia Letlow (R-La.) and Troy Carter (D-La.)—said in the letter, “We are writing you now to alert you to the need for Congress to provide emergency supplemental appropriations to address Hurricane Ida and [other] storms from last year, as was done following Hurricane Katrina. Without substantial and robust appropriations from Congress … Louisiana families will continue to languish as a result of these devastating storms.” …


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