Landrieu, Cassidy compete on flood insurance

BATON ROUGE (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and her Senate race challenger, U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy, are jockeying for credit and prominence on a high-profile problem for many Louisiana residents: the rising cost of flood insurance premiums.

Cassidy got a temporary fix through the House that would delay the higher premiums for one year, while Landrieu couldn't get her long-term proposal for a three-year delay moving.

Under pressure from local Louisiana officials, Landrieu agreed to push Cassidy's one-year reprieve idea in the Senate and has been successful in advancing it. But she's not acknowledging the idea started with her Senate race competitor.

Meanwhile, both Landrieu and Cassidy are claiming they are the reason the head of the National Flood Insurance Program is heading to Louisiana for an August visit.