Gulf Coast lawmakers push for more aid for Sandy victims

WASHINGTON — Gulf Coast lawmakers, whose states have suffered their share of disasters, are pushing Congress to approve more federal aid to states hit by Superstorm Sandy.

“This is going be a long road for the Northeast,” Sen. Mary Landrieu, chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, said Friday. “This is likely going to be an incredibly costly recovery and we will need additional funding.”

Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat, is pushing for a supplemental appropriations bill to help with recovery efforts. She has not asked for a specific amount, saying it can take weeks after a disaster to get estimates on damage and recovery costs.

Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran, the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee, said he will work with his colleagues to address disaster recovery needs for states hurt by Sandy.

Gannett Washington Bureau
11/19/12