Iowa Lawmakers Say More Disaster Funding Expected

August 5, 2008

Three members of Iowa’s congressional delegation say House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has assured them that Congress will provide more disaster-related funding.

Reps. Leonard Boswell, Bruce Braley and Dave Loebsack, all Democrats, say Pelosi promised the funding would be approved before Congress adjourns at the end of September.

So far, Congress has provided $2.65 billion in initial disaster funding. But the Iowa lawmakers say in a statement that was “a down payment,” and the state needs much more.

The lawmakers say they received the assurances from Pelosi on Thursday, July 31.

Some Iowa leaders have complained that the money wasn’t approved before Congress’s August recess.

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