Republican votes against Superstorm Sandy aid will not negatively impact Louisiana’s chance for help, Vitter says

    After floodwaters rose in south Louisiana, many people were rescued from their homes by boat. (Associated Press)

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he doesn’t think Louisiana’s chances of obtaining from Congress a long-term disaster aid package to help the state recover from the recent flood will be adversely affected by the fact that some of his fellow Louisiana delegation members voted against a similar package in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

    Vitter, chairman of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, is leading a disaster tour today through flood-affected areas. Flanked at an afternoon press conference by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and the administrator of the U.S Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet, Vitter said he doesn’t think the votes of three members of the Louisiana delegation against the Sandy aid package will have a negative impact this time around.

    Sen. Bill Cassidy, Rep. John Fleming and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, all Republicans, voted against aid for Superstorm Sandy.

    “I think when there is a disaster Congress, administrations, whoever they are, come together and respond in a responsible way,” he said. “I was involved in the Sandy package and built good relationships based on that, so I don’t foresee that difficulty.”

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