Vice-President Biden visits Southwest Louisiana

by Brandon Richards bio | email

GRAND LAKE, LA (KPLC) - Saying he came to make good on a promise, Vice-President Joe Biden announced new plans the Obama Administration is taking to help with the ongoing Hurricane Rita recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast.

Many Louisiana municipalities were approved for Community Disaster Loans following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina. Several of these communities, including Cameron Parish, have had a hard time repaying those loans. Biden says the administration has created an application process for loan cancellation.

"[To] put it another way, if you're rebuilding, if you still need the money, you don't have to pay back the money," said Biden. "The president promised, despite all the attention paid to Katrina, Rita would not be forgotten."

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, who was traveling with Biden, says the administration's new loan forgiveness plans couldn't have come at a better time for Southwest Louisiana.

"Instead of having to repay that money back, we can use that money for the ongoing recovery efforts," said Landrieu.

Biden also took time to explain how the administration's 2009 Recovery Act has also helped Louisiana. Biden says the Recovery Act has helped to create more than 9,100 jobs in the state.

Biden made the announcement at the Grand Lake Elderly Apartments in Grand Lake Friday. The people who live in the apartments are elderly Cameron Parish residents who were displaced by Hurricane Rita.

Dr. Jill Biden, the Vice-President's wife, also accompanied her husband on his visit to Cameron Parish.

As a U.S. Senator, Biden was one of the first to visit Cameron Parish following Hurricane Rita.

Afterwards, Biden met with the residents of the apartment complex and did not take any questions from the news media.

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