On Thursday, September 15, 2016, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, will hold a hearing entitled, “An Examination of the Federal Response and Resources for Louisiana Flood Victims.” Chairman Vitter has confirmed that Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), will appear before the Committee as a witness, and in addition, he has invited Craig Fugate, Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and Julian Castro, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Members of the Committee will hear testimony from victims of the catastrophic flooding as they examine the initial response to the disaster and discuss the federal resources available to communities in South Louisiana devastated by the August floods. During the hearing, Members will explore coordination efforts between the SBA, FEMA, and HUD to ensure that ongoing recovery efforts are as effective as possible.
On August 25, 2016, Vitter hosted SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet and HUD Secretary Julian Castro in South Louisiana as they toured the flood-impacted areas in Livingston, Ascension, and East Baton Rouge parishes. During the visit, Vitter urged SBA and HUD to provide additional recovery resources, including opening more recovery centers for businesses, families, and individuals. Click here to read more.