Congressman Steve Scalise (LA-1) today held a press conference at the 17th Street Canal in Lakeview to highlight the importance for President Obama to spend more time in Southeast Louisiana. Scalise and others have urged the President to extend his visit so he can experience first-hand the challenges the region is still facing.
Congressman Scalise made the following statement.
"In order for President Obama to gain a full understanding of the challenges we are facing in our recovery, he needs to extend his planned visit to New Orleans. There is a big difference between campaigning here as a political candidate and spending quality time here as the President. After the recent decision to move forward with an inferior level of interior drainage repairs, this Administration has shown that they don't fully grasp the changes that need to be made in the rebuilding of our region. The people of New Orleans deserve more than a drive-through daiquiri' summit with the President.
"If the President is sincere in his commitment to our recovery, he will join our delegation in supporting Category 5 hurricane protection, including the strengthening of our levees, improving our interior drainage system, and restoring our eroding coastline. I have invited the President to visit areas like the 17th Street Canal where the levees breached, and St. Tammany Parish where they still don't have adequate protection from storm surge. There is no substitute for being on the ground in order for the President to see first-hand the challenges we are still facing."