WASHINGTON -- The giant economic stimulus bill signed into law this week by President Barack Obama will provide $3.8 billion in financing and tax cuts for Louisiana, but none of it is earmarked specifically for hurricane recovery.
Louisiana officials, who were sharply critical of what they considered a lack of financial support for hurricane recovery from President George W. Bush, are holding their fire on the new president, whose administration put together much of the stimulus package.
"We're not playing nice; the new administration is playing smart, " said Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., who praised the administration for supporting language in the stimulus bill that will expedite the arbitration process to free $1.4 billion in hurricane recovery money stalled for years because of disputes between FEMA and local governments.
Even Sen. David Vitter, R-La.,
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