Well, Judy, I would hope in the new year, we could start thinking about politics not like it was the Super Bowl, where you always have to have one team that wins and the other team has to be a loser.
I needed to explain that Louisiana's coast accepts the drainage from two-thirds of the United States and, while the necessary levees constructed upstream have prevented floods, they have also contributed to problems downstream.
I put myself and all the members of Congress in the same boat of things that could have been done better.
We don't suggest that because San Francisco lies on top of an earthquake fault that it should be moved.
Yes, we have got to quit worrying about fighting each other and trying to figure out a way to work together.
When people see the budget, they're going to say, 'Oh, my God, I wanted a tax cut, but I didn't know what you were going to do to health care and to Medicare and national defense.'
But we made a decision based on the fact that we have been up there a long time and that we feel that the seniority is important to the people of Louisiana.
But, at the same time, I think that there is room for economic stimulus in terms of accelerated depreciation to encourage businesses to invest and to grow and ultimately to hire more people again.
I object to you using words like squander and pork. What is pork in one part of the country is an essential project in another part.
It's proper and appropriate to remind the Chinese about what they get out of solid relations with the United States.
My home was 25 miles from the gulf, and I did not want to see it become a shorefront property.
I am going to work with Tom Daschle. And I'll work with the Republican leaders and the president to try and come up with something that we can all be proud of.
I am pleased to see that information campaigns, such as the America's WETLAND effort, are getting the message out, and people are beginning to realize that wetlands loss in Louisiana affects us all.
Our struggle is to identify the sources of revenue and the means to obtain the funds. Without funds, all the planning and research studies can't help us.
And the issues I think are important in Louisiana right now happen to be health care and education. And those are two areas that the federal government can play a very important role. And I think I can be effective in trying to help our state from the Washington scene.
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