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Congressman Garret Graves Interview (2017)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-08

Duration: 00:05:10

Subjects: Graves, Garret | National Flood Insurance Program (U.S.)


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Reporter
  • Graves, Garret Interviewee


This segment from the September 8, 2017, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ interview with Congressman Garret Graves of Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District on the future of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Spires reports that the NFIP, which is administered by FEMA, is $20 billion in debt and up for reauthorization in Congress. Congressman Graves discusses: the impact of Hurricane Harvey on the reauthorization debate; what happens if the program is not reauthorized; the needed reforms for the NFIP; and Louisiana’s increased vulnerability to flooding due to the federal government’s management of the Mississippi River. Host: Andre Moreau