Louisiana senators halt HUD nominees until flood victims helped

U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy. Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Senators Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, of Louisiana, today announced they’re placing holds on two U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development nominees until the department releases long-delayed legal guidance necessary to implement a duplication of benefits fix for state flood victims that was signed into law in October.

The senators put holds on Seth Appleton, nominee for HUD assistant secretary of policy development and research, and Robert Hunter Kurtz, nominee for HUD assistant secretary, which prevent the Senate from approving their promotions.

“There is nothing wrong with these nominees, what is wrong is HUD’s delay,” Cassidy says in a news release. “The law we passed to fix this duplication of benefits mess couldn’t be more clear. HUD needs to realize we aren’t going to tolerate bureaucratic games. They need to get serious, because this is very serious to the flood victims in Louisiana still struggling to put their lives back together.”

Kennedy reiterated Cassidy’s stance, adding that he is “not trying to play games here, but a lot of flood victims in Louisiana are waiting on HUD” to rebuild their homes. Read the full announcement.


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