State of Louisiana Archives: on Environment

Rob Maness: Reject Katrina aid bill if pork-laden with other projects

Rob Maness is clarifying an interview he gave to The Hill newspaper in which he said he would have voted against $60-billion aid package for Hurricane Katrina had he been in the Senate in 2005. Maness said he was asked about a Super Storm Sandy relief bill, he considered "pork-laden," and "a question was tagged on at the end about Hurricane Katrina relief."

"If I had been in Congress, I would have been as strong as any advocate for aid for the people of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina." Maness wrote in an email. But he said he still would have voted no because unrelated expenditures were added to the 2005 disaster legislation. "I would have voted no on the pork-laden bill that included $50 million for an indoor rainforest in Iowa and other spending, and other pet projects," Maness said. "I would have been bold in press conferences denouncing anyone who opposed a clean bill to help the people of Louisiana instead of holding them hostage like the political class did.

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune on 2014 Louisiana Senate race Mar 10, 2014

David Vitter: Introduced bill to extend National Flood Insurance Program

Vitter introduced a bill that extends by a year the National Flood Insurance Program, which affects 500,000 home and business owners in Louisiana. The bill passed.

Vitter prides himself on pressuring federal agencies, such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to move on flood-prevention projects.

Source: Baton Rouge Advocate on of 2010 Louisiana Senate debate Oct 18, 2010

John Neely Kennedy: Wetlands will wash away before 2017 coastal protection

The candidates both supported increased domestic oil drilling and expansion of alternative sources of energy.

Landrieu said she was proud of expanding oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, with a large portion of the royalties going to help coastal protection efforts.

Kennedy responded by saying the state’s entire congressional delegation worked to pass the bill & much of the billions of dollars in royalties wouldn’t start flowing until 2017, after thousands more acres of wetlands had washed away

Source: 2008 Louisiana Senate Debate by Associated Press on Oct 16, 2008

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