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Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) sent a follow up letter in support of the State's emergency assistance request urging President Obama and FEMA to issue full federal assistance for Hurricane Isaac. The administration had made an emergency declaration which only provides 75 percent of assistance for emergency protective measures.

"Hurricane Isaac is causing major devastation for the people of Louisiana, and there is a clear and justified need for a full federal emergency declaration instead of the limited support they agreed to," Vitter said.

The 75 percent assistance is for the following parishes: Acadia, Allen, Ascension, Assumption, Avoyelles, Cameron, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Franklin, Iberia, Iberville, Jefferson, Jefferson Davis, Lafourche, Livingston, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Orleans, Ouachita, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, Rapides, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Martin, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, and West Baton Rouge. Vitter is supporting the State's request for full assistance.

In Case You Missed It: Vitter asks for Obama's aid for Louisiana ahead of tropical storm (The Hill)

Vitter sent a letter requesting the emergency declaration on Monday, August 27, 2012. A copy of Vitter's letter from today is below.

August 29, 2012

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
Washington, DC 20500

Dear President Obama:

On August 27, 2012, I expressed my support for a full federal emergency declaration for the State of Louisiana. The day prior, Governor Bobby Jindal declared a statewide emergency and asked for a major disaster declaration for the state. As you know, from the weather reports, Hurricane Isaac is continuing to dump massive amounts of rain and strong winds on southeast Louisiana. Given the ongoing damages, I would again support the state's request and urge FEMA to authorize Category B emergency protective measures at a complete 100 percent instead of the current 75 percent ceiling you approved on Monday.

Louisiana's coastal parishes and the metropolitan city of New Orleans are facing the brunt of this hurricane. Affected areas face mandatory evacuations, power outages, and flooding.

State and local governments need every tool and resource available to respond to this rapidly approaching hurricane. Due to the serious nature of Hurricane Isaac and weather reports from around Louisiana, there is a clear and justified need for 100 percent federal funding for emergency protective measures for affected areas.

Thank you for your attention to this important issue, and I look forward to your response.


David Vitter
United States Senator

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