Louisiana Lawmakers Make Plea to Obama for Flood Aid
Call to make relief funds part of stopgap funding bill now being negotiated

Sen. David Vitter joined his fellow Louisiana lawmakers in calling on President Barack Obama to make a supplemental funding request to Congress for flood relief for their state. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Louisiana lawmakers want federal dollars to aid in the recovery from devastating recent flooding in their state.

The delegation, led by Republican Sens. David Vitter and Bill Cassidy, are making a plea to President Barack Obama for a timely request.

Vitter’s Primary Performance Prompts Rating Change in Louisiana

Vitter's personal history makes it complicated for Republicans to stick their necks out for him. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call)

Louisiana has transitioned to a Republican state, but GOP Sen. David Vitter will test the political gravity of the Pelican State in next month’s gubernatorial runoff.  

Vitter was regarded as the front-runner to replace presidential candidate/current Gov. Bobby Jindal for much of the cycle, but the senator’s consistently poor performance in the polls and his showing in Saturday’s all-party primary has some Republicans very concerned that Vitter could let the governorship slip into Democratic hands.