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    Congratulating New Orleans

    by Former Senator Mary L. Landrieu

    Posted on 2013-02-04

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    LANDRIEU. I know Senator Harkin is on the floor with others to present several new pieces of legislation or to speak on items pending. I wanted to take a moment of personal privilege to say just a few words about the spectacular sporting event that took place in our country yesterday in the city of New Orleans. I want to, of course, congratulate the Baltimore Ravens, the Senators from Maryland, particularly Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin, and Governor O'Malley, who was there, of course, representing Maryland; the Senators from San Francisco and California, the 49ers, Senators Feinstein and Boxer, former Speaker Pelosi was with us yesterday in New Orleans, and thousands of fans from all over the world and, of course, watching on television.

    I wanted to make a note on this floor, not because it was just a sporting event, although it was one of the highest watched Super Bowls ever in the history of the game, but because of the role this Congress played and the administration in helping this great city and region and State rebound from what was a devastating body blow 7\1/2\ years ago with Hurricane Katrina and then Rita hit 3 weeks later and then the levees broke in over 52 places. The city went virtually underwater--at least two-thirds of the city.

    To see, 7\1/2\ years later, the city rebound, the people of New Orleans and Louisiana are just foremost in my thoughts right now for their fighting spirit, their resiliency, their unwillingness to give up on this special place that will celebrate its 300th birthday in 2018. I want to say a special thank-you to Mayor Landrieu, John Young, president of Jefferson Parish, the leaders of St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parish. Those parishes were virtually destroyed, the lower part of Jefferson Parish. The whole region has come back. The world could see it for themselves yesterday--the civic leadership, the faith- based leadership. Again, a shout out to President Obama, his Cabinet and the Members on both sides of the aisle who stood by this region, the gulf coast, to rebuild after all these years.

    In conclusion, it is my only hope that after passing the Sandy supplemental, we will stand united with the Northeast as they rebuild bigger, better, stronger, hosting the next Super Bowl which is a real symbol of resurgence and rebuilding and resurrection.

    I yield the floor.

    The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Iowa.


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