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s LANDRIEU 208x152This is what happens when Louisiana loses mighty congressional "secret sauce" or, otherwise known as, "clout"..

Governor Edwards upset that Texas, Puerto Rico, Florida gets post-disaster benefit--Discuss below

In 2014, Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu pushed her seniority and yes clout in her re-election for Louisiana US Senator. She had two major clouds over her head:

First, the so-called Louisiana Purchase, an effort of her trading money for existing healthcare for her Obamacare vote. What seemed like heresy then--was repeated over and over this year as Republicans tried to undue Obamacare, even with Senator Bill Cassidy being the point-person on the last-ditch healthcare bill. Reports of bartering for votes, sweetners were heard loud, clear and often. Ironically, Cassidy was one of the greatest Landrieu critics for her Obamacare vote-swap.

Second, her  being tied to the Democratic Party, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid

Landrieu's argument was--"look at what I was able to do after Hurricane Katrina" as she was credited throughout the nation for being single-purposed--getting post-Katrina aid.  Her second pitch was--"we're going to need my seniority". Many of her supporters echoed that, claiming if Louisiana loses its clout in Congress, the state would have serious difficulty in getting what it says it doesn't want, but, when push comes to shove, the state dearly and often needs--Washington DC moolah.

Landrieu lost. David Vitter, then the junior Senator, who had no success in passing any major legislation during his stay in Congress, moved on, after losing to John Bel Edwards for Governor.

Now, Louisiana is stuck with Bill Cassidy, a decent man, but, who lacks the seniority the state needs and former Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy, who in his very first year, is still learning where things are at the capitol.

Also, despite having Steve Scalise as the House Whip, the well-regarded Congressman who has just returned to Congress after being gunned down by a madman, and Garret Graves, who has a significant position in House infrastructure sub-committee and Cedrick Richmond, who is a Democrat and a member of the wrong party--given the control of the administration and Congress, Louisiana has little stroke. 

Which is evidenced by a recent statement by current Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards regarding hurricane relief and tax breaks:

Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards again called on Congress to approve a tax relief package for the State of Louisiana similar to legislation that was approved for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Following the historic floods in 2016, members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation advocated for a similar package to assist businesses and homeowners who were impacted.

“We in Louisiana understand the pain and suffering the victims of these hurricanes are going through, and our hearts break for their loss.  However, I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the idea that victims of last year’s historic flooding were left out of this tax relief package from Congress.  To the victims in Louisiana that makes absolutely no sense.   More than 193,000 homes and businesses were damaged from a no-name storm that dropped 7 trillion gallons of water over South Louisiana in three days.  That’s enough water to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times.  If that doesn’t call for some sort of tax relief for the people of Louisiana, I don’t know what does.  I know members of our congressional delegation have been working on this issue, and I stand ready to work with them and other members of Congress to ensure our people get the relief they need.  Congress shouldn’t be in the business of pitting storm victims against one another, but instead, providing adequate support when it’s warranted.”

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Background: 

Last week, Congress approved a tax relief package for victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.  The package was part of the six-month extension of the Federal Aviation Administration.  A similar tax relief package was proposed in 2016 by former Congressman Charles Boustany and Congressman Garret Graves to assist homeowners and businesses who were impacted by the August 2016 floods. 

Click here to read the letter Gov. Edwards sent to President Obama related to this issue in 2016.

 

 

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