April 6, 2017

Edwards “Takes Beating” Over Flood Response

Things did not go well for Governor John Bel Edwards (D-LA) during his congressional testimony over his administration’s poor handling of last year’s Louisiana flooding. Throughout the House Oversight Committee hearing, Governor Edwards was routinely on the defensive over the “slow recovery efforts” following the flooding:

“Lawmakers on a House oversight committee took federal and state officials to task Wednesday over what they called slow recovery efforts nearly eight months after floods devastated communities in Louisiana.”

According to CBS-Baton Rouge, Edwards was “under fire” for the “disastrous” effort of his administration:

“FEMA and Governor John Bel Edwards came under fire Wednesday, with Washington lawmakers calling Louisiana’s flood recovery efforts ‘disastrous.’ ‘We’ve seen this movie before, and we’ve seen it in Louisiana, and we’ve failed again,’ said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.”

Throughout the hearing Edwards couldn’t offer sufficient answers. When Rep. Jody Hice (D-GA) asked Edwards to grade his performance, the Congressman couldn’t hide his disapproval when Edwards gave himself a B+ grade:

Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) also trained his fire on Edwards. After Edwards was clueless about the number of displaced residents, Chaffetz blasted him for his lack of knowledge:

Finally, Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC) targeted Edwards over the shady dealings during the recovery process. Specifically Congressman Meadows ripped Edwards for the conflicts of interest that have plagued the process: