VACHERIE — Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday he intends to talk to President-elect Barack Obama about “freeing up federal dollars” from FEMA and other funding sources.
Jindal stopped in Vacherie to address a St. James Parish town hall-type meeting en route to Philadelphia, where he and 39 other governors are scheduled to meet with Obama. Jindal told about 100 St. James residents that the meeting in Philadelphia will be a bipartisan effort “to support our president” and to “talk about how to work together to solve real problems” in the economy and with terrorism.
In a brief interview after the meeting, Jindal said he wants to ask the president-elect who will be running the Federal Emergency Management Agency, whether it will remain under the Department of Homeland Security and if FEMA will have more flexibility in placing federal dollars in “the pipeline” to Louisiana and other hurricane-ravaged states.