Updated 4:17 p.m. ET, 11/14/2013
Washington (CNN) – The Senate’s second-ranking Democrat said President Barack Obama has put forward a sufficient measure administratively for addressing canceled health plans under Obamacare, adding that Congress didn’t have to act.
“There is no need for a legislative fix for this issue. Instead, Congress should continue to work with the administration to improve the implementation of the law and redouble our efforts highlighting and explaining what this historic law will mean for 40 million Americans without insurance,” said Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Illinois.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, defends Obamacare and her promise that Americans could keep their insurance.
(CNN) – Crossroads GPS is not waiting for the dust to settle on the debate over student loans in the U.S. Senate. The Karl Rove-backed super PAC has already launched a small online ad campaign against four Democratic senators it blames for not stopping the rate hike.
Display ads launched on Facebook Friday will target college students and young people in Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana and North Carolina, calling out their respective senators Mark Begich, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagan. All are Democrats.
(CNN) – Sen. Mary Landrieu's 21-year-old son was arrested in New Orleans early Friday after police say he failed to stop his car after striking a pedestrian, and subsequently failed a field sobriety test.
Conner Snellings was booked on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit and run, driving the wrong way on a one way street, failing to maintain control of a vehicle, and possession of alcohol in a vehicle, the New Orleans Police Department said.
New Orleans (CNN) - In a small gun range 20 minutes outside New Orleans, a steady stream of gun enthusiasts fill the air with the scent of gunpowder and the sharp bang of shots.
Many of the customers - a range of ex-military men, off-duty law enforcement officers and a sprinkling of women learning how to handle a firearm for self-protection - said they have grown up around guns and are leery of interference by the federal government on gun rights.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – Bill Cassidy's strategy is simple. The congressman from Louisiana, who Wednesday officially announced his Republican challenge to Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, is tying her to President Barack Obama.
"It's going to be a tough race. I'm running against Sen. Mary Landrieu, who's been there for 18 years, and against the most powerful man in the world, Barack Obama. President Obama wants Sen. Landrieu re-elected. She supports President Obama 97% of the time, has given him a blank for his wasteful spending," says the three term federal lawmaker, who represents Louisiana's sixth congressional district, in a campaign video announcing his bid for the Senate.
(CNN) - Vice President Joe Biden was back on the campaign trail Saturday, stumping in Louisiana for Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Landrieu, a Democrat in red Louisiana, could face an uphill battle for a fourth term in 2014.
New Orleans, Louisiana (CNN) - U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will hold a late-morning hearing Thursday about the lessons learned and the progress made in the five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and large sections of the Gulf coast.
The hearing in Chalmette, Louisiana, will highlight the continuing challenges facing the state.
On Wednesday, Landrieu announced that Washington will award $1.8 billion to schools in New Orleans.
Washington (CNN) - Despite receiving $28,200 in campaign donations from BP over the last 10 years, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, avoided saying Tuesday whether she will return contributions from the energy giant in the wake of the company's devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Landrieu was asked in an interview on CNN's "John King, USA" if she should return the money given her oversight role on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee.
"I'm not trying to be [a] watchdog for BP," Landrieu said. "I am trying to be a good senator for this country and for Louisiana, and to bring a balance to our energy policy, which is protecting our coast, fighting for energy security and a clean environment."
Over the past decade, Landrieu has received nearly $753,000 from the oil and gas industry, according to OpenSecrets.org, a non-partisan website that follows the “influence of money on U.S. politics.”
The Democrat dismissed claims that the energy industry is poorly regulated.
"I don't believe that's a fair criticism," she told King. "I think that this industry has very tight regulations and good regulations."
Washington (CNN) – Prosecutors have reduced the charges against four men accused of trying to access the phone system in the New Orleans office of Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana.
The case involves James O'Keefe, the conservative activist who played a pimp in videos that later embarassed ACORN, the community organizing group now in the process of shuttering its operations. The case also involves Robert Flanagan, the son of an acting U.S. attorney from Louisiana's Western District.
The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of Louisiana said Friday that O'Keefe, Flanagan and the two other associates are now charged with entering federal property under false pretenses, a misdemeanor.
The men were originally arrested on felony charges after they entered Landrieu's office, located inside a federal building, on Jan. 25.