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U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu on Tuesday led a congressional hearing on "Assistance for Children in Adversity" as the federal government continues implementing its first-ever "action plan" to assist struggling children worldwide.
Tue May 21, 2013
Amendment to reduce sugar price support program pits sugar producers against candy manufacturers
The Senate could vote as early as Wednesday on an amendment that would reduce price supports for sugar production.
Mary Landrieu offers bill to delay increases in flood insurance premiums
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. introduced legislation Tuesday to block flood insurance premium increases.
Jefferson Chamber crawfish boil: Steven Forster's Big Easy
The Jefferson Chamber drew more than 700 business and civic leaders to its 16th annual Premier Networking and Crawfish Boil on May 17 to enjoy 2,500 pounds of mudbugs.
Mon May 20, 2013
House and Senate farm bills good news for sugar producers. House bill trims food stamps
So far, so good for Louisiana sugar producers. Farm bills enacted last week by House and Senate agricultural committees would keep the federal sugar program pretty much in place, continuing a minimum price of 22.9 cents per pound and limiting sugar imports.
Sat May 18, 2013
FEMA's denial of Gustav cleanup funds reviewed
The U.S. Inspector General's Office has agreed to hear complaints from Livingston Parish officials over the lack of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding for most of the Hurricane Gustav cleanup.
Congress shouldn't let flood insurance sink residents: Editorial
Drew Dunn, right, catches a sandbag from Randy Matherne while Derek Porche grabs another bag from a truck on Bayou Gauche Sept.
US News & World Report
Bureaucracy Keeps Adopted Children Stuck in International Limbo
According to reliable estimates, there are nearly 10 million children around the world who, if global bureaucrats would merely get out of the way, could be adopted into loving, permanent families.
Fri May 17, 2013
On the Hill: Two gunned down deputies remembered in D.C.
Two St. John the Baptist Parish deputy sheriffs, gunned down last August in an ambush shooting in LaPace, were honored this week by thousands of police officers attending National Police Week activities here in Washington.
Fight continues on multiple fronts to block large flood insurance premium hikes
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Friday that she will introduce legislation soon to delay implementation of a 2012 flood insurance law that is leading to sharply higher premiums for policyholders.
Parish presidents band together to fight against Biggert-Waters, flood insurance rate hikes
Five area parish presidents will gather Friday morning at the home of St. Charles Parish residents Lisa and Robert Taylor in Bayou Gauche to discuss the anticipated ramifications of the B iggert-Waters Act on local communities, and lay out a road map for fighting against the implementation of the controversial law.
Thu May 16, 2013
IRS scandal outrage of Obama, Democrats, Louisiana Sen. Landrieu warranted, honest?
The Republican Party is displaying the greatest anger. The party who has not been able to shoot straight lately in the national election is taking to the airwaves.
Wed May 15, 2013
Landrieu helps lead 'Horses on the Hill' rally
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu helped lead the annual "Horses on the Hill" event to rally support for banning horse slaughterhouses and the exporting of horses for slaughter in the country.
National Mortgage News
Senate Moves to Grandfather RHS Communities
The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved a farm bill that would grandfather most rural communities that are currently eligible for Rural Housing Service loans.
Louisiana GOP reacts to IRS scandal. Obama sacks acting IRS head
Wholesale change at the IRS is needed, Louisiana Republicans say, in light of disclosures that the agency targeted Tea Party and other conservative organizations for extra scrutiny.
The Miami Herald
Senate votes to extend federal water projects law
The Senate on Wednesday put aside its partisan differences to extend the federal government's main water resources law, which promotes investment in port improvements, flood protection, dam and levee projects and environmental restoration.
Coalition to fight catastrophic flood insurance rates, Jefferson President John Young says
Louisiana is building support to overhaul portions of the Biggert-Waters Act that would impose catastrophic flood insurance premiums on residents, particularly those who live outside levee protection systems, Jefferson Parish President John Young told the Jefferson Parish Council Wednesday.
Tue May 14, 2013
Email reflects Jindal's, LAGOP fears of power losses
Hardly a day passes without the Republican leadership blasting a group called the Fiscal Hawks for it's own Louisiana budget fix.
Move to Halt Flood Insurance Rate Hikes Blocked By Pa. Senator
An amendment aimed at halting federal flood insurance rate hikes for five years has been blocked in the U.S. Senate.