Hurricane Recovery and Coastal Restoration
Hurricane Katrina and the numerous natural disasters that have caused destruction to our state since have reminded us how important levee protection is to our area and underscored the critical role of our coastal wetlands.
Louisiana is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, including nearly half of the coastal wetlands of the lower 48 states. But this resource is disappearing at a rapid rate. Louisiana loses a football field of wetlands to erosion every hour and more than 16 square miles of coastline a year.
This is alarming, especially since these wetlands are Louisiana's first line of defense against powerful Gulf storms. Congressman Scalise has been a long-time proponent of comprehensive hurricane and flood protection as well as coastal restoration efforts.
The Importance of Offshore Revenue Sharing to Louisiana
Louisiana alone produces a quarter of America's domestic oil and gas supply. With the passage of GOMESA in 2006, Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states have been patiently waiting to receive a portion of the revenues generated from offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
In 2017, these states were slated to begin receiving this funding. Voters in Louisiana overwhelmingly voted to pass a Constitutional amendment in 2006 dedicating GOMESA funds to coastal restoration and hurricane protection projects. In order to increase the revenue that Louisiana will receive for coastal restoration, Congressman Scalise recently worked with Sen. Cassidy to secure a provision in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to lift revenue sharing caps.
This legislation, which was signed into law in December 2017, provides new funding for coastal restoration and hurricane protection. Under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, revenue sharing for Gulf States would be increased by $300 million, and Louisiana should expect to receive at least $100 million of that funding to restore our coast and protect against future storms. This is a landmark victory for coastal restoration and puts down an important marker for future increases in Louisiana’s revenue sharing.
Congressman Scalise will continue leading the effort in the U.S. House to provide Louisiana with its fair share of offshore revenues and finally make the critical investments necessary to restore our vanishing coast.
Focusing on Hurricane Recovery, FEMA Reform, and Effective Disaster Preparation
Over the course of 2017, our country was ravaged by a number of natural disasters. In order to help those in need and provide necessary reforms for disaster mitigation and recovery, Congress passed a disaster relief package in early 2018. This disaster relief package contained funding to increase hurricane protection and mitigation projects vital to the safety of the economy of our coastal communities, including those in Louisiana. Additionally, the package included major reforms to FEMA recovery, including the elimination of the duplication of benefits ban that has prevented many in Louisiana from receiving grant funding for flood recovery. Other provisions in the legislation will help communities mitigate and become more resilient to disasters.
For more information concerning Congressman Scalise's work and views on Coastal Restoration, Flood Protection and Hurricane Recovery issues, please contact his Washington, DC office.
More on Hurricane Recovery and Coastal Restoration
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement in support of the COASTAL Act by U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) which will increase the royalties that Gulf states like Louisiana receive from offshore energy production. The COASTAL Act passed out of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee earlier this week.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) made the following statements after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced which projects in Louisiana will receive critical dredging and maintenance funding from the Additional Supplemental Appropriations Disaster Relief Act, 2019.
Washington, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement on Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ approval of disaster assistance for American fishing communities – including Southeast Louisiana fisheries.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) today announced the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will soon release $1.2 billion to Louisiana for disaster mitigation projects. Congress appropriated this funding in the 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act, which became law in February 2018.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Reps. Steven Palazzo (R-Miss.), Cedric Richmond (D-La.), Bradley Byrne (R-Ala.), Garret Graves (R-La.), and Clay Higgins (R-La.) in urging Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to support requests from Gulf Coast states for fishery disaster assistance. This assistance would help mitigate the impacts on seafood and recreational fishing industries throughout 2019 due to the openings of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Fox News Channel's America's Newsroom to discuss Speaker Pelosi's tenuous hold on her caucus as progressives stoke infighting and bemoan the hard work of governance. Whip Scalise also relayed the President's support for Louisianans ahead of Tropical Storm Barry.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and Congressman Cedric Richmond today successfully passed three amendments to the House Energy and Water Appropriations Bill that will ensure critical funding for coastal restoration and Mississippi River dredging projects in Louisiana.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made the following statement after the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its guidance on the 'duplication of benefits' fix that Congress enacted into law last year:
"Today’s announcement is long-awaited news for the thousands of Louisiana families and small businesses that were devastated by flooding in 2016 and then unfairly impacted by the faulty ‘duplication of benefits’ rule.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) made the following statement after the House voted to extend the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to September 30: