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Intentional opening of -- -- -- for the first time in almost forty years helped keep -- Louisiana cities.
Baton Rouge and New Orleans -- from rising floodwaters but intentionally flooded hundreds of thousands of farmland acres.
The economic impact on this -- is still yet to be determined and joining us now to talk about that and also offshore drilling Republican senator David bitter.
Of Louisiana I can you even senator -- get your arms around what the economic impact will be for the state and the people there.
Well we don't know yet the flooding hadn't really occurred but it's coming it's clearly going to be serious and significant.
You know my heart goes out all the folks are going to be directly impacted.
Street flooding you're gonna have property losses homes other structures girls are gonna have massive agricultural loss.
In terms of farmland.
And river traffic is being slowed somewhat it's not a complete stomping of Mississippi River traffic but it is being impacted.
And slowed somewhat so there -- a lot of economic hit.
And a lot of clearly as you pointed out unanswered questions.
How would you characterize.
The government's response to the flooding they response an Army Corps of Engineers.
So far today and I think it's been very good luck this is a tough situation -- is not going to be any.
Great outcome it's a question of minimizing and mitigating damage.
And certainly opening the -- Kansas -- way does that because it protects against massive catastrophic flooding.
Particularly in huge population centers like Baton Rouge in the world -- it -- some other people -- -- really tough and tragic.
But at least it guards against that catastrophic flooding.
To move on to the oil drilling bill that we mentioned this before we introduce -- You are Republican and are not behind this bill that's in the senate why not.
Well unfortunately the senate version has a provision to.
Deep freeze regulation to an -- expand on permanent you know the Obama administration has done a lot.
Since the BP disaster.
And because of that -- and it's slowed to a crawl in the gulf this bill and actually -- Another bureaucratic layer and -- I think that's movement in the wrong direction in terms of the permit process I'm not for increasing.
Any more layers of bureaucracy.
In terms of that process we actually have to streamline.
What do you think that you will see any kind of offshore oil drilling bill that you'd be willing to -- even in the next several months.
Well I've introduced bills strongly support.
We have a 3-D act in the senate.
Along with 28 of my colleagues on the lead author and we have a lot of support and 3-D stands for domestic jobs.
Domestic energy and deficit reduction.
If we open up access to our domestic resources.
In a big way we can accomplish all three of those huge goal.
At one last thing before election go -- from your reaction to Tom Coburn -- the senator.
Backing away from the gang of six negotiations on a reducing our budget deficit.
Again a move in the wrong direction.
Well I haven't been able to talk to Tom personally about it I'm not sure exactly what it means.
In terms of the negotiations but certainly it's not a hopeful sign in terms of that -- moving forward.
Major spending cuts and major spending reform I know Tom supports that as long.
Senator thank you for being here we covered a lot of ground please -- welcome back any time as Louisiana.
Goes through all of this senator David that are of five state of Louisiana.
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