Vitter Furious that Obama's Budget Has Zero Money for West Shore Levee Protection Program

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter today reacted to President Obama’s budget, which zeros out funding for the West Shore Levee Protection Program. Vitter attended President Obama’s visit to LaPlace in September 2012 where the President promised assistance to the region.

“This quite frankly has me furious, because I stood with President Obama right after Hurricane Issac and he promised help. Yet his budget completely zeros out the main hurricane protection project for the area. That’s really maddening when he promised otherwise right there on the ground,” Vitter said. “I’m going to keep fighting to get this vital West Shore Project moving forward.” Thursday, April 11, 2013 (from Sen. Vitter's website)

On September 3 2012, President Obama visited LaPlace, Louisiana and surveyed damage caused by Hurricane Issac. During his visit, he pledged to provide federal support for the area. Below is an excerpt from a Times Picayune story from September 4, 2012 about the president’s visit.

“…Obama promised that federal agencies would be providing aid.
‘"We're going to make them do right, otherwise I'm going to get mad at them," Obama said.
“…Obama emphasized that the federal levee system in the New Orleans area performed as it was supposed to and pledged that the government would work to determine why some areas, like LaPlace, have seen dramatically greater flooding this week than in past storms.
"We're going to make sure at the federal level we're getting on the case to figure out what happened here and what we can do to make sure it won't happen again," Obama said.”

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Below is President Obama's speech in LaPlace

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