Landrieu, Cassidy compete on flood insurance
Published 11:48 am Monday, July 22, 2013
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.
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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.