Landrieu highlighting opposition to sanctions bill
BATON ROUGE - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu traveled to the Citgo refinery near Lake Charles to highlight her successful stalling of a bill to impose sanctions against human-rights abusers in Venezuela's government.
While the Democratic senator has been criticized as siding with Venezuelan leaders who have committed horrible abuses, she says she's protecting 2,000 Louisiana jobs at the refinery, which imports oil from the country.
She toured the refinery Thursday and pledged to continue blocking the sanctions, using the event to highlight her support for the energy industry, a centerpiece of her re-election campaign.
In a tight race for a fourth term, Landrieu has twice kept the sanctions from a Senate vote. Her main Republican challenger, Rep. Bill Cassidy, supports the legislation and says Landrieu's been repeatedly reassured it would not affect Citgo.