Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA), who is facing a tough re-election in November, is bringing the cash flow home to Louisiana for a change. This time, she is fighting shrimp and crawfish that is being illegally imported, but it is not making up for the years of Landrieu’s party-line votes in the Senate.
Landrieu said she has allocated $3 million, which is a drop in the bucket for Washington, to collect duties from countries who illegally dump shrimp and crawfish into the country’s markets.
The funding is just a tiny portion of legislation that funds the United States Department of Homeland Security.
“Foreign governments continue to unfairly spend hundreds of millions of dollars to dump underpriced shrimp into the United States and put our shrimpers, crawfishermen and seafood producers at an unfair disadvantage,” Landrieu said. “This funding will beef up our efforts to punish those who cheat the market and our seafood producers.
“I will continue to use this committee to protect these jobs, a time-honored way of life, and the thousands of shrimpers who call the Gulf Coast home.”
Landrieu faces an intense re-election against challenger Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) because of her unpopular stances on abortion, Obamacare and her longtime voting record in which she, for the most part, votes for President Obama’s agenda.
In a recent analysis by National Journal, Landrieu’s Louisiana Senate seat was chosen as the #4 Most Likely To Flip in the 2014 midterm elections.
Democrats’ struggles at the end of last year, fueled by Obamacare’s woes and exacerbated by big-spending conservative outside groups, hit Landrieu hard, but she has built herself back up in the past few months with emphasis on how important her energy committee chairmanship is for Louisiana and a clever ad campaign featuring her famous father. Like all of the red states Democrats are trying to protect, Landrieu wants to make the race as much about local issues as possible, forcing Louisiana energy interests to choose between a Democratic friend or their favored party. If Landrieu can’t win outright with a majority in November and the race goes to a December runoff with control of the Senate on the line, staying local could get difficult.
Landrieu has touted her ability to bring home the bacon for her state, but the lone Louisiana Democrat has more than often brought home that bacon to Boysie Bollinger.
By pushing a spending bill through her Appropriations Subcommittee, $318 million will by funneled to Bollinger and his shipyards. In return, Bollinger star in Landrieu’s political ad campaigns as a “Republican-turned-Democrat supporter.”