Louisiana delegation split on shutdown vote
WASHINGTON - People elected to represent Louisiana here were split in their votes dealing with ending the federal government shutdown.
In the Senate, Mary Landrieu approved the measure with a vote to restore funding to the federal government and raising the debt ceiling. Senator David Vitter voted no.
In the House, Representatives Charles Boustany and Cedric Richmond both voted yes. Representatives John Fleming, Bill Cassidy, and Steve Scalise did not support the bill.
For Cassidy, the major concern is not the shutdown or debt limit, but the excessive spending in Washington.
"Admiral Mullen, for example, the recently retired chair for the joint chiefs of staff, said that our national debt is the greatest threat to our national security. Greater than Al Qaeda or any other country," said Cassidy.
The measure eventually was approved by both the House and Senate. The president will sign the deal and federal workers have been told to report to work Thursday.
In the Baton Rouge area, the shutdown closed a popular hunting location near the Mississippi River in West Feliciana Parish. The gridlock also closed a bee research center.