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While Biden calls for unity, Louisiana GOP delegation blasts him for blocking Keystone pipeline

BY: - January 21, 2021

None of the current members of Louisiana’s GOP congressional delegation immediately acknowledged Joe Biden’s election as president when the race was called Nov. 7, and with the exception of Sen. Bill Cassidy, each of them either signed onto a lawsuit that sought to throw out votes in four key states that Biden won or voted […]

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La. Capitol security chief says D.C. counterparts should’ve had ‘much better response’

BY: - January 8, 2021

As sergeant-at-arms for the Louisiana House of Representatives, Clarence Russ is the chief of security at the Louisiana Capitol whose duty it is to protect not only state property but any person — elected official or not — who’s inside.  After witnessing a complete implosion of security at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday as a right-wing […]

Democrats prepare to take over U.S. Senate control after double victories in Georgia

BY: - January 6, 2021

WASHINGTON—Democrats were poised Wednesday to gain control of the U.S. Senate after securing historic wins in two Georgia runoff elections against Republican incumbents. Democrat Raphael Warnock defeated Sen. Kelly Loeffler Tuesday and Democrat Jon Ossoff was declared the winner in his race against incumbent Sen. David Perdue on Wednesday, giving each party 50 seats in […]

Louisiana congressional members respond to Trump’s violent mobs at Capitol

BY: and - January 6, 2021

Members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation spoke out against a violent mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol in what some lawmakers from other states are describing as an attempted coup incited by President Donald Trump to prevent Congress from certifying the November election results. At least one woman was shot and killed during the chaos, according […]

U.S. Senate runoffs poised to hand Georgia Democrats historic win

BY: - January 6, 2021

A steady trickle of Georgians mostly breezed in and out of polling places across the state for the final day of voting in the state’s high-stakes U.S. Senate runoffs, adding more than 1 million votes to the already 3 million cast before Tuesday. The nation watched as Georgia narrowly elected Democrat Raphael Warnock, making him […]

Sen. John Kennedy casts doubt on Biden’s election: ‘I’m not so sure something didn’t happen’

BY: and - December 8, 2020

Two days after Joe Biden officially secured enough Electoral College votes to be declared the next president of the United States, Republican Sen. John Kennedy, sent out a mass email casting aspersions on the integrity of November’s election.  Claiming that there has been “a lot of tomfoolery and a few too many shenanigans with this […]

Senators urge federal funding for state distribution of COVID-19 vaccine

BY: - November 25, 2020

WASHINGTON—More than a dozen U.S. Senate Democrats are urging congressional leaders to include “robust” funding in any coronavirus relief package for states to prepare for vaccine distribution. “Dedicated funding for COVID-19 vaccine distribution is especially critical now as jurisdictions are facing historic budget shortfalls amid the pandemic and funding for health departments had been inadequate […]

Democrats struggle for U.S. Senate control after failing to knock off GOP incumbents

BY: and - November 4, 2020

WASHINGTON — Democrats gained at least one Republican-held seat in the U.S. Senate, but also lost a seat of their own and were unable to defeat several GOP incumbents in the elections, ending up early Wednesday with an increasingly challenging path to wresting control of the chamber away from Republicans. The initial results showed a […]

Bill Cassidy wins re-election to the U.S. Senate

BY: - November 3, 2020

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, a Republican from Baton Rouge, won his first-ever bid for re-election Tuesday night, winning more than 50 percent of the vote  in a primary election in which he was challenged by 14 other candidates including five Democrats and another Republican.   During a victory speech in Baton Rouge, Cassidy told his supporters, […]

Supreme Court confirmation hearings to plow ahead amid COVID-19 infections

BY: - October 9, 2020

Federal Judge Amy Coney Barrett will face the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee beginning Monday for what’s expected to be an unusual and contentious four days of hearings on her nomination for the Supreme Court. Democrats sought unsuccessfully to block those hearings, raising concerns about the short time frame before Election Day, the urgent need to […]

Republican senators gathering the votes to proceed with U.S. Supreme Court nomination

BY: and - September 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Two key Republican senators indicated Monday they won’t stand in the way of a furious effort by the Senate GOP to confirm a nominee to fill a Supreme Court vacancy before Inauguration Day. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley ended the suspense with a statement Monday night saying there’s no “ambiguity” about what direction for […]

U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy

No direct aid for states in GOP’s emergency relief plan

BY: - September 9, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats. The GOP plan failed to include direct aid to cities and states, a priority for Democrats, or rental relief or nutrition assistance, and it appeared it wouldn’t go far enough to resolve a monthslong stalemate over […]