Video shot last week in lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans. She wants to go HOME.
The Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) announced late today (Tuesday, November 6) that Congressional negotiators have agreed to provide an additional $3 billion for Louisiana's Road Home program in a pending defense bill.
As of last week, OpEdNews and the Times Picayune reported that Road Home money would not be passed out of committee, since it was attached to an Iraq spending bill. Rep. David Obey, D-Wis., chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said that until there is a change in the administration's policy in Iraq, the spending bill would not be passed out of his committee.
In a compromise move by Democrats, the Road Home money will be included in an overall Defense Budget request of $471 billion for Fiscal Year 2008. The House-Senate negotiators approved the Defense Budget without additional Iraq war funding except for $11.6 billion in “emergency money” to provide money to purchase mine- resistant vehicles.
Let’s get this straight. $3 billion for overdue Road Home money in Louisiana, and $11.6 billion for vehicles in Iraq in a bill that is not “really” about Iraq funding.
Meanwhile, Democrats will have a lot of explaining to do and are expected to bring up a separate bridge fund “of less than $50 billion,” along with language that will force a policy change in Iraq.
Subcommittee Chairman John Murtha, D-Pa. Murtha and House Majority Leader Hoyer did not rule out including deadlines for withdrawing troops from combat zones, which would likely lead to a veto by President Bush.
So, in summary, the Road Home money will not appear to be held up by the Democratic majority when Bush vetoes the new bill, as he most likely will.
This report now returns to the floor and must be passed in each chamber before being signed by Bush.
Threatening to hold Congress as well as Road Home money hostage, Stevens added, "I do believe the Congress would break the Army if it refuses to provide the money the Army needs now," Stevens said. "You're not going home as long as I'm here without a bridge fund."
Democrats attached the $6.4 billion for domestic items to the new committee report after an intense lobbying effort by Louisiana officials and visits to the Gulf Coast by top Democrats.