Landrieu: “Investing In Louisiana Communities and Businesses”

October 22, 2010

After finishing the fall legislative session in Washington, I traveled throughout Louisiana this week. From breaking ground on important high speed Internet infrastructure that will connect businesses, schools and citizens with the rest of the world to meeting a loving Louisiana family that has opened its home and heart to children, I visited with many Louisianians.

Read on to learn about my continued hold on OMB nominee Jack Lew and my upcoming travel to all four corners of Louisiana next week. You can always check my Facebook page for daily updates and my newsletter next week for a recap.

Wiring rural Louisiana for a faster Internet

A long-time advocate for expanding broadband technology, Sen. Landrieu on Wednesday joined Washington Parish officials to break ground on its Internet expansion project. The project will serve approximately 25,243 people, 2,978 businesses and 172 community institutions in the three-parish area of St. Helena, Washington and Tangipahoa.

Because of this critical investment, rural small businesses will expand, jobs will be created and once economically distressed parts of Louisiana will become hubs of small business activity contributing to the U.S. economic recovery. This critical infrastructure investment provides our businesses the tools to succeed, information for students to learn and citizens access to goods and services. Watch Sen. Landrieu speak at the ground-breaking celebration.

Recognizing a Louisiana family of angels

Since Terry and Doug Crowe from Pearl River were not able to attend the Angels in Adoption events in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, Sen. Landrieu visited the Crowes and their family this week. The Crowes have been foster parents for nearly 30 years and have adopted 11 special needs children. They have devoted their lives to caring for and giving a loving home to children who might not have been so fortunate to live in a home environment.

The Crowes are one of the many Angels recognized as part of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute‚Äôs annual event. Click the video adove to hear other stories from this year’s angels and national angels, including actress Rhea Perlman, singer/actress Kristin Chenoweth and singer Jimmy Wayne.

As six-month oil spill anniversary passes, official moratorium ends

Early last week, the U.S. Department of Interior lifted the moratorium on deepwater drilling placed by the Obama Administration. Sen. Landrieu applauded the administration for taking a step in the right direction, but reaffirmed her hold on Mr. Lew. While Congress is on its fall recess, Sen. Landrieu will look closely at how the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement is handling the issuing of permits and whether or not drilling activity in both shallow and deep water is resuming.

Sen. Landrieu called into WWL to speak about the good news on the moratorium ending and her continued hold. Listen to her interviews on Oct. 12 and Oct. 15.

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