Wednesday, April 05, 2006
By GERARD SHIELDS
WASHINGTON — Calling it a “life or death situation,” U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., announced Tuesday that she will hold up all of President Bush’s executive appointments until he commits to funding $6 billion in levee protection for Louisiana.
As do all senators, Landrieu has the power to place a hold on executive appointments that must be approved by the Senate.
Currently, 27 appointments sit on the calendar. Landrieu sent a letter to Bush on Tuesday, revealing her intentions.
“The people of Louisiana have waited so long for accurate numbers and the building of the levees,” Landrieu said at a news conference. “We cannot wait any longer.”
The White House seemed unaffected by the threat.