US SENATOR BILL CASSIDY MEETS WITH ST. BERNARD PARISH LEADERS
Improving Hydrology, Securing Federal Support for Drainage Work, COVID-19 Relief Discussed
Prior to President Joe Biden’s arrival in New Orleans, US Senator Bill Cassidy visited with St. Bernard Parish leaders in Chalmette on Thursday, May 10th to provide an update on what is happening on the federal level and to discuss local issues of importance.
In the meeting Parish President Guy McInnis stressed the importance of restoring water flow along the now dammed up Mississippi River Gulf Outlet and the critical need to receive federal support for drainage infrastructure work throughout St. Bernard Parish that was left over from Hurricane Katrina.
President McInnis expressed that rebuilding the parish’s drainage system was an absolute necessity in order to protect the facilities, homes, and businesses that were rebuilt after Katrina.
The issue of federal support for small businesses struggling with related to COVID-19 was broached as well. Senator Cassidy conveyed that there’s a deep divide in Washington as to the best way to transition the country’s economy from the past year’s COVID-19 shutdown to a post-pandemic society.
Senator Cassidy also talked about the status of the Reinvesting in America’s Shoreline Economies and Ecosystems Act (RISEE) legislation he is cosponsoring with Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island that would prevent GOMESA funds from sequestration and eliminate the state funding cap. GOMESA provides funding from off-shore oil and gas leases for coastal restoration projects.
Senator Cassidy expressed his hope that there will be bipartisan support for the legislation and that it would lead to greater and increased funding for critical work that will protect Louisiana’s fragile coastline.
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