congressional delegation's list of priorities for the new White
House administration and new Congress centers on hurricane
recovery, health care and energy issues.
They include aid for farmers whose crops were devastated by
hurricanes Gustav and Ike, the removal of red tape for local
governments negotiating with the Federal Emergency Management
Agency about aid from hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and changes to
the Medicaid financing formula for states affected by disasters.
Jindal outlined the priorities Saturday at the Governor's
Mansion after a meeting with several members of the congressional
delegation, one of a regular series of quarterly meetings between
the governor and Louisiana's members of Congress.
The Republican governor talked of coastal restoration and flood
protection needs and opportunities for Louisiana to play a role in
developing nuclear power and alternative energy projects. Also on
the list is a request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to use
dredging material to help Louisiana rebuild its wetlands, rather
than dumping it into the Gulf of Mexico.