Wednesday, April 05, 2006


“Life or death situation” - Political


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.

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