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.— Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Congresswoman Julia Letlow (R-La.), Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.), Congressman Clay Higgins (R-La.), and Congressman Troy Carter (D-La.) in sending a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers expressing concerns over the slow rollout of Operation Blue Roof to help protect homes damaged during Hurricane Ida and requested that the Corps expedite roof installations to provide relief for homeowners.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) wrote a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Deanne Criswell requesting FEMA to delay the implementation of the new National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) rate-setting program, which is scheduled to begin on October 1, 2021.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) wrote a letter to Interior Secretary Deb Haaland urging the Interior Department to expedite resumption of offshore energy production in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida to prevent gas prices from skyrocketing across the country and reduce America's dependence on foreign oil production.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Congressman Garret Graves (R-La.) wrote a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting that the Corps carry out emergency operations in at-risk areas to repair parts of Louisiana's flood protection infrastructure, including non-federal assets that suffered damages during Hurricane Ida.
Retail and Delivery operations in the 700, 701, 703 and 704 3-Digit ZIP Code Areas are resuming effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021.
Employee availability may impact service in certain facilities.
The Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) has listed Points of Distribution (POD) sites on its website throughout impacted parishes for affected residents. Individuals can pick up ice, water, MREs, and tarps at these locations. Current locations are listed below:
WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and the Louisiana Congressional Delegation wrote a letter to President Biden alerting him of the need for Congress to provide supplemental disaster relief funding in the aftermath of the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida as well as the devastating storms that ravaged Louisiana last year.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials for a press conference in Jefferson Parish to provide an update on recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Whip Scalise talked about his flyover tour with Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng and Lafourche Parish President Archie Chaisson of the hardest-hit areas and his discussions with Coast Guard service members on their rescue efforts throughout the storm. Whip Scalise also announced the launch of U.S.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has activated its free Operation Blue Roof program to to repair homeowners’ damaged roofs. Operation Blue Roof protects property, reduces temporary housing costs, and allows residents to remain in their homes while recovering from the storm. This program is free of charge for affected residents living in Ascension, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Terrebonne.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) joined Jefferson Parish President Cynthia Lee Sheng for a press conference with local officials to give an update on recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida. Whip Scalise highlighted several resources for affected residents to utilize, including applications for FEMA assistance and other federal initiatives to help people get back on their feet.