Then, according to Together Baton Rouge (TBR), sister IAF organizations across the country began contacting their congressional representatives and senators urging them to support the funding package â€” across partisan lines. Together Baton Rouge posted a video that, in less than one day, was viewed 55,000 times as leaders quickly spread its message urging people to contact their congressional representatives.
48 hours after the funding was declared dead on arrival, the Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, threw his full support behind the funding and announced it would receive a vote.
At stake was tens of thousands of homes and potential foreclosures.
After more days of posturing, haggling and deal cutting, the Senate voted (72-26) in support of the Resolution and the House voted (342-85) in support. TBR additionally credited the Louisiana Governor and congressional delegation for "working tirelessly across party lines to make the case for flood recovery." They also credited high-ranking House and Senate Democrat and Republic leaders for the win (see right).
How a Bill REALLY Becomes a Law, Together Baton Rouge
Congress Clears Bill to Prevent Shutdown, Politico
Congress Averts Shutdown with $500M Flood Aid Plan, Billed as 'Down Payment' for Louisiana, The Advocate
U.S. Senate Leaders Propose $500M 'Down Payment' on Louisiana Flood Relief, The Advocate
Great Flood of 2016 and What We Need to Rebuild, Together Baton Rouge