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  • Louisiana Democrats' best hope to beat David Vitter? Vote Republican

    05/20/2015 4:55:19 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    nola.com ^ | May 16, 2015 | Robert Mann
    Last week, I argued that Sen. David Vitter – the undisputed leader in this year's governor's race – should be nervous because of our electorate's long history of punishing frontrunners and promoting also-rans. (SNIP) Democrats have a clear choice: send Edwards into a runoff that he almost certainly cannot win – or back a moderate Republican, who could defeat Vitter. If Democrats have any power left in Louisiana politics, it is electing moderate Republicans. That's not a goal that will launch Democratic activists out of bed each morning but it's about all the power the party has left (in statewide...
  • Vitter's Obamacare crusade draws GOP ire

    05/12/2015 6:32:04 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | May 12, 2015 | By MANU RAJU
    One fellow senator calls David Vitter’s years-long crusade to scrap health care subsidies for lawmakers and their staffers “disingenuous.” Another says it’s obviously being done “for political purposes.” “I just don’t think he’s made a lot of progress on this issue,” a third senator says. And those are just fellow Republicans talking. Within the chummy confines of the U.S. Senate, Vitter has emerged as one of the most disliked members. The second-term senator’s effort to kill the federal health care contribution, worth several thousand dollars to lawmakers and their staffers, is a big part of it.
  • How Five Republicans Let Congress Keep Its Fraudulent Obamacare Subsidies

    05/07/2015 2:49:32 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 5/7/2015 | BRENDAN BORDELON
    Health-care experts call it D.C. insiderism at its worst. The rumors began trickling in about a week before the scheduled vote on April 23: Republican leadership was quietly pushing senators to pull support for subpoenaing Congress’s fraudulent application to the District of Columbia’s health exchange — the document that facilitated Congress’s “exemption” from Obamacare by allowing lawmakers and staffers to keep their employer subsidies. The application said Congress employed just 45 people. Names were faked; one employee was listed as “First Last,” another simply as “Congress.” To Small Business Committee chairman David Vitter, who has fought for years against the...
  • Why is Jeb Bush Endorsing & Fundraising for Leading Anti-Immigrant Senator David Vitter?

    04/23/2015 7:57:36 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 9 replies
    America's Voice ^ | 04/15/2015
    If Jeb Bush embodies many Republicans’ hopes to soften the GOP’s harsh brand image on immigration and expand the party’s competitiveness with Latino voters, then why is he endorsing and appearing at a political fundraiser tonight for the virulently anti-immigrant Senator David Vitter? (SNIP) Meanwhile, David Vitter is one of the most consistent anti-immigrant hardliners in the Senate – a vocal opponent of the DREAM Act, comprehensive immigration reform, and President Obama’s immigration executive action programs and a lead sponsor of efforts to restrict the use of discretion in immigration enforcement to target felons, not families (it continues to be...
  • 10 U.S. senators seek investigation into H-1B-driven layoffs

    04/15/2015 5:08:46 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 22 replies
    Computer World ^ | Apr 9, 2015 | Patrick Thibodeau
    Ten U.S. senators, representing the political spectrum, are seeking a federal investigation into displacement of IT workers by H-1B-using contractors. They are asking the U.S. Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and the Labor Department to investigate the use of the H-1B program "to replace large numbers of American workers" at Southern California Edison (SCE) and other employers. (SNIP) The other signers are Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), a longtime ally of Grassley on H-1B issues; Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), David Vitter (R-La.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), James Inhofe...
  • Vitter quotes '93 Reid Senate speech on ending birthright citizenship

    03/16/2015 3:15:00 AM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | March 13, 2015 | Sean Higgins
    Sen. David Vitter gave a speech on the Senate floor calling on Congress to end the practice of birthright citizenship, arguingthat "no sane country" would allow it for the children of illegal immigrants. Vitter ended the remarks Thursday by saying he was actually quoting an old speech by Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., who now opposes ending birthright citizenship. Reid had slammed Vitter over the issue the previous day. "This is not my statement. Let me clarify: This is Sen. Harry Reid's statement on the floor of the U.S. Senate," said the Louisiana Republican, who is sponsoring an anti-birthright...
  • Vitter to block nomination, citing ObamaCare rule ('Show Your Exemption Act')

    02/19/2015 4:18:40 PM PST · by Libloather · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/11/15 | Sarah Ferris
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is blocking a high-ranking nomination at the Office of Personnel Management, an agency that he says is responsible for an “unfair, possibly illegal” exemption from ObamaCare. Vitter announced Wednesday that he will refuse to allow Earl Gay to become the agency’s deputy director because the agency has ignored his questions about what he calls the “Washington exemption for ObamaCare.” “Once they answer some specific questions about why they think Congress is entitled to a special exemption from Obamacare, I’ll release the hold,” Vitter wrote in a statement Wednesday. Vitter, who was recently named chairman of the...
  • IRS Obstructs Justice? (Weekly Update)

    02/07/2015 11:40:02 AM PST · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 6, 2015 | Tom Fitton
    U.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare FraudObama IRS Obstructs Justice?Election Integrity Battle Moves to Supreme CourtU.S. Senate Follows JW Lead on Obamacare Fraud Someone on Capitol Hill has taken notice of the lawsuit we filed last fall challenging members of Congress who are taking advantage of health benefits they are not entitled to claim. That someone is Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) who now chairs the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee. As a prominent figure in the new Republican majority, Vitter is well-positioned to investigate and expose illegal maneuverings that make it possible for elected officials, and their staff members,...
  • La. treasurer leads to replace Vitter in Senate

    01/23/2015 1:55:34 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 4 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 1/23/15 | Jonathan Easley
    Louisiana Treasurer John Kennedy leads among Republicans potentially seeking to replace Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Senate. According to a poll conducted by conservative North Star Opinion Research on behalf of Kennedy, the state treasurer takes 18 percent support, ahead of Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.), at 13 percent, and John Fleming, at 7 percent. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu would be the strongest Democratic challenger in the Senate race. He took 39 percent in the poll, which is the baseline of support for any Democrat in the state, according to the poll. Louisiana has gone deep red in...
  • Holder on the hot seat: Senators demand answers on U.S. fugitives in Cuba

    01/23/2015 11:25:07 AM PST · by jazusamo · 35 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 23, 2015 | S.A. Miller
    A group of Senate Republicans pressed Attorney General Eric H. Holder on Friday to explain the administration’s policy for U.S. fugitives in Cuba, including a convicted cop killer, following President Obama’s announced normalization of relations with the communist island nation. “As the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, do you support the normalization of relations with Cuba without the return of fugitives from justice for prosecution who have the blood of Americans, including law enforcement officers on their hands?” said the three senators in a letter to Mr. Holder. The letter was signed by Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida, Ted Cruz...
  • Jeff Sessions to take over Senate panel overseeing immigration (with Vitter)

    01/21/2015 2:46:26 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    Politico ^ | Seung Min Kim
    Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), one of the most relentless critics of the Obama administration’s immigration directives, is taking over the Senate’s panel that oversees immigration, according to three sources familiar with the decision. Sessions is set to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Refugees and Border Security, according to the sources — giving the conservative a key platform to advance his immigration policies. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), a new member of the Judiciary Committee, is going to be the panel’s vice chair, the sources said. Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/01/jeff-sessions-senate-panel-immigration-114455.html#ixzz3PUytKfXy
  • Eric Holder’s Replacement

    01/12/2015 5:11:07 AM PST · by AU72 · 6 replies
    NRO ^ | January 12, 2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    David Vitter believes that Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s attorney-general nominee, might be even more dangerous than Eric Holder, the man she will replace if confirmed. The Louisiana senator met privately with Lynch this week in his capacity as a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He tells NRO that Lynch, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, is quieter and more restrained than Holder, which he worries will deflect attention from some of the Justice Department’s more outrageous actions and policies. Vitter’s warning about Lynch should not be taken lightly. While he previously said that Holder...
  • Obama’s deportation amnesty trips up AG pick Loretta Lynch in confirmation talks

    01/07/2015 3:21:22 PM PST · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 7, 2014 | S.A. Miller
    Federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s pick to be the next attorney general, failed Wednesday to convince Sen. David Vitter that she wouldn’t be an accomplice to the president’s executive action that could granted deportation amnesty for up to 5 millions of illegal immigrants. “I didn’t get any straight answers during our meeting today, and I’m not convinced Ms. Lynch will put any stop to it,” Mr. Vitter, Louisiana Republican and a member of the SenateJudiciary Committee that will cast the first votes on her confirmation. Ms. Lynch, who Mr. Obama tapped to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, has...
  • What Words Should We Use To Describe Lamar White?

    We ask, because earlier this month when he attempted to paint The Hayride as a hate site for the crime of ridiculing his clownish attempts at whoring himself out as a political tool for the noted leftist bigot Wendy Davis in Texas we said he was lame. And since White suffers from cerebral palsy and trades, in part, on using that condition as a shield against criticism from those who might judge him by the quality of his work rather than his status as a member of a special interest or victim group, he dispatched a horde of lefty keyboard...
  • What Scalise and Vitter Told Roll Call About David Duke in 1999

    12/29/2014 7:09:07 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Niels Lesniewski
    Back in 1999, Roll Call interviewed white supremacist leader David Duke about the possibility he would seek the House seat vacated by the resignation of Republican Rep. Bob Livingston. As part of that report, reporter John Mercurio also talked to up-and-coming Louisiana politicians, current Sen. David Vitter and current House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. “I honestly think his 15 minutes of fame have come and gone,” said state Rep. David Vitter (R), a wealthy Metairie attorney who holds Duke’s old seat in the state House and is “seriously considering” a Congressional bid. “When he’s competed in a field with real...
  • David Vitter to Obama: Screen 'The Interview' for Congress

    12/23/2014 3:46:33 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Kelly Cohen
    Sen. David Vitter thinks members of Congress deserve a viewing of “The Interview.” In a letter to President Obama, the Louisiana Republican is asking that Congress be invited to the White House for a private screening of the controversial movie. Sony Pictures pulled the movie from its planned Christmas Day release after the company was hacked by offenders from North Korea. After terrorist threats were made against theaters planning to show the film — which comedically portrays the assassination of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — caused the movie to be pulled, there has been a flow of outrage...
  • The New Senate Judiciary Committee

    12/22/2014 4:11:37 PM PST · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    NRO Online ^ | Ed Whelan
    In January, the Senate Judiciary Committee will swing from a 10-8 Democrat-to-Republican advantage to an 11-9 Republican to Democrat advantage. Here are the eleven Republicans: Chuck Grassley, Iowa (presumptive chairman) Orrin Hatch, Utah Jeff Sessions, Alabama Lindsey Graham, South Carolina John Cornyn, Texas Mike Lee, Utah Ted Cruz, Texas Jeff Flake, Arizona David Vitter, Louisiana David Perdue, Georgia Thom Tillis, North Carolina
  • GOP senator joins foes of Wall Street provision in spending bill

    12/11/2014 10:42:21 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/11/2014 | Peter Schroeder
    A Republican has joined Democrats in criticizing the inclusion of a partial repeal of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law in legislation funding the government. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) signed on to a letter with Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) that calls on congressional leaders to scrap portions of the $1.1 trillion "cromnibus" that relax restrictions on banks trading financial derivatives. The pair argued in the letter that there is "broad bipartisan support" for removing that particular language. Brown and Vitter, who have worked together in the past on bills to limit big banks, argued that the language was unfairly jammed into...
  • If Vitter Wins The (Louisiana) Governor’s Race Next Fall, Fleming Will Go For His Senate Seat

    12/10/2014 12:02:12 PM PST · by abb · 20 replies
    The Hayride ^ | December 10, 2014 | Scott McKay
    So says a Roll Call story… "Rep. John Fleming, R-La., is “very interested” in running for Senate in 2016 if Republican Sen. David Vitter is elected governor next year. Louisiana only wrapped up the 2014 Senate race a few days ago, but soon state operatives may start thinking about another race. Vitter has already announced an exploratory committee to run for governor in 2015. If Vitter wins, Fleming said, he wants to succeed him in the Senate. “I’m very interested in that possibility,” he told CQ Roll Call Tuesday during votes at the Capitol. “I think that we need, you...
  • Vitter Rates 100 On Center For Security Policy Scorecard; What’s Mary’s Score?

    10/29/2014 11:31:12 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 1 replies
    U.S. Sen. David Vitter has been named a “Champion of National Security” by the Center for Security Policy. Vitter was one of only five U.S. Senators to receive a 100 percent score – the other four being Republicans Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Tim Scott and Montana Democrat John Walsh. The Center’s rankings are based on legislators’ voting records on issues from border security to terrorist threats. “ISIS and the Ebola virus are huge national security threats right now – but the biggest problem is that this Administration hasn’t put forward any real or comprehensive national security strategy on any...
  • Landrieu On a Limb

    10/08/2014 3:23:42 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 5 replies
    NRO ^ | July 17, 2013 | Andrew Stiles
    It’s dark out. A grungy-looking band of (presumably Hispanic) immigrants enters through a hole in a chain-link fence, next to a lit-up “Enter Here” sign. The U.S. Border Patrol is there, but can only look on in frustration. The immigrants, to their profound surprise and delight, are greeted with balloons, fireworks, a marching band, a bilingual welcome banner, and a giant check made out to “All Illegal Aliens” for “A Lot of Taxpayer Money.” They are driven away in limousine, giant check in tow, as they high-five and fist-pump out the windows. “Charlie Melancon — thanks to him, we might...
  • Vitter on the campaign trail against Landrieu

    09/26/2014 9:05:31 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    WBRZ ^ | Hunter Robinson
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu. National anti-abortion group the Susan B. Anthony List announced that Vitter will be door-knocking Saturday morning in Baton Rouge with its representatives.
  • Jindal predicts a runoff for Landrieu, payoff for Brownback

    09/17/2014 6:43:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 7 replies
    The Hill ^ | Alexandra Jaffe
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) predicted on Tuesday a loss for Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and a win for Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback (R) this fall, two of their respective parties’ most vulnerable incumbents. Speaking to reporters at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast on Tuesday, Jindal said of Landrieu’s defeat, “I think that that is going to happen this year.” But he added while “she could lose in November ... I think a runoff is possible.” (SNIP) Some have speculated his decision to sit out the race was informed by long-standing bad blood between the governor and Sen. David Vitter...
  • frightening number:

    08/22/2014 5:32:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 30 replies
    NRCC email | Majority Whip Steve Scalise
    Friend, We have a fight on our hands—and the future of our country is on the line. Obama, Pelosi, and the Democrats have outraised us by $27 MILLION this cycle. That’s a frightening number. We have only 75 days to cut that gap before Election Day in order to beat the Democrats. Friend, this is why I’m reaching out to you personally. Your name is on my list as someone who has not yet contributed to our winning cause this year. I am counting on you to help out by midnight tonight. (SNIP) Friend, every day that passes without your...
  • Jeff Sessions makes history by being unopposed for U.S. Senate, and re-election campaign in no hurry

    07/30/2014 2:51:40 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    al.com ^ | Jim Stinson
    Jeff Sessions is the safest bet this year in the U.S. congressional midterm elections. The incumbent U.S. senator from Mobile was unopposed in the Republican primary on June 3. And on Nov. 4, he will be unopposed in the general election. That's a historic first, according to Richard Winger of Ballot Access News, a publication Winger has edited since 1985. A Republican has always been opposed by a Democrat for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama since selection of U.S. senators was given to the voters in 1914, said Winger, 70, of San Francisco. (SNIP) Sessions mocked Adelson and former...
  • Cassidy Is Not Cochran, Maness Is Not McDaniel And Landrieu Is Not Childers

    06/28/2014 9:18:15 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    This is for the people who this week are trying to present the equivalence challenged in the headline as a way to build support for Rob Maness. We’ll make this short: those of you trying to make that analogy are all wet, either because your understanding of politics in this state is next to nil or because your relationship with the truth is a hostile one. To make Cassidy-Maness-Landrieu be actionably analogous to Cochran-McDaniel-Childers, you’d need four elements to be different. (SNIP) Third, Cassidy would have to be somebody different. He’d need to be the incumbent, which he’s not, and...
  • Sen. Vitter's strategy to block President Obama's recess appointments affirmed by Supreme Court

    06/27/2014 12:50:05 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal
    New Orleans News ^ | Bruce Alpert
    Back in 2011, Sens. David Vitter, R-La, and Jim DeMint, R-S.C. organized a letter from 20 GOP senators urging House Speaker John Boehner to block any resolution allowing the Senate to recess for more than three days. Vitter was upfront about his rationale. He wanted to block Democratic President Barack Obama from making recess appointments when the Senate was recessed. And Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously, in effect, that the strategy outlined by Vitter and DeMint was valid -- that the Senate really wasn't in recess when the president used his recess appointment authority to name three members to...
  • Donald Trump clashes with Senate candidate Rob Maness, LaPolitics reports

    06/25/2014 11:52:54 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    New Orleans Local News ^ | June 19, 2014 | Julia O'Donoghue
    Celebrity Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Maness apparently clashed at the Republican Leadership Conference held in New Orlean earlier this month, according to reporter Jeremy Alford at LaPolitics. Trump suggested Maness, a retired Air Force colonel with Tea Party backing, could hurt U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy's chances to defeat Democratic incumbent Mary Landrieu in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race this fall. (SNIP)In the Bayou state, all candidates -- Democratic and Republican -- run against each other on election day. If no one receives over 50 percent of the vote, then the top two candidates -- who can be...
  • Vitter Says He'd Consider Medicaid Expansion

    06/16/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    WHLT ^ | Jun 16, 2014 | Melinda Deslatte
    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, running to be Louisiana's next governor, is leaving the door open to a possible expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover more of the working poor, as allowed under the federal health care law. Vitter said Monday that he's not opposed to the expansion if Louisiana can improve the performance of its Medicaid program and if the expansion doesn't draw state resources away from other spending priorities like higher education.
  • Boxer to Vitter: 'When you have this gavel, you make the rules'

    06/05/2014 1:45:38 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6-4-14 | Timothy Cama
    Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and David Vitter (R-La.) heatedly clashed Wednesday during a hearing on nuclear power safety. Boxer, the chairwoman of the Environment and Public Works Committee, was criticized by Vitter, the ranking Republican, for her treatment of a witness. At one point, she gaveled down Vitter and told him he is powerless to stop her, saying, “When you have this gavel, you make the rules.” The quarrel started when Boxer repeatedly asked Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane whether her agency has implemented any of the recommendations from a task force set up after the 2011 Fukushima...
  • Mixed Up Priorities: Vitter Demands Authorization Of VA Clinics, While Landrieu Demands Redskins

    05/22/2014 10:44:33 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 11 replies
    The Hayride ^ | John Binder
    In a longtime battle, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) has sent a letter to President Obama’s Chief of Staff, Denis McDonough, asking McDonough to get Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to stop blocking legislation that would authorize 27 Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Community Based Outpatient Clinics (CBOC), including clinics in Lafayette and Lake Charles La. Meanwhile, on the other side of the Louisiana Senate aisle, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) has signed off on a letter led by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell demanding that the Washington Redskins change their name, calling the teams’ name...
  • Bobby Jindal and David Vitter's Feud

    05/08/2014 11:36:17 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 8 replies
    New Republic ^ | July 8, 2013 | Marin Cogan
    Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is renowned for his policy wonkery and strict Catholicism, not a cutting sense of humor. So when he took the stage a few months ago at Washington’s annual Gridiron dinner, one jab stood out in particular. “The Menendez scandal is disturbing,” Jindal said, referring to reports (later proved untrue) that Senator Robert Menendez had paid for sex in the Dominican Republic. “Soliciting prostitution is completely unacceptable. We would never put up with that in Louisiana.” The butt of the joke was obvious to everyone in the room. Six years earlier, Louisiana’s junior senator, David Vitter, confessed...
  • Sessions: Senate Democrats’ Agenda Should Be Renamed: ‘Fair Shot For Everyone But American Workers’

    04/30/2014 5:48:27 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | NRO Staff
    A statement on immigration from Senator Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee: Senate Democrats’ hypocrisy on the minimum wage is breathtaking. They talk about fighting for workers, yet they colluded with some of the world’s most powerful financial interest groups to pass an immigration bill that would reduce Americans’ wages and surge their unemployment. They’ve named their campaign ‘a fair shot for everyone’ but a more accurate name would be ‘a fair shot for everyone but American workers.’
  • Vitter Introduces Bill to Put American Citizens Ahead of Illegal Immigrants

    02/06/2014 2:55:25 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 43 replies
    .vitter.senate.gov ^ | February 5, 2014 | U.S. Sen. David Vitter
    Vitter Introduces Bill to Put American Citizens Ahead of Illegal Immigrants for In-State College Tuition (Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced legislation to close the current loophole that allows illegal immigrants to receive in-state tuition. Many states have used a loophole granting illegal immigrants in-state tuition if they graduated from an in-state high school. “Some of our nation’s highest unemployment rates are among recent college graduates, and we should be supporting policies that help American students get an opportunity to go to college and compete for good jobs,” said Vitter. “American students should always come first....
  • Christian leader open to run for Vitter's seat (FRC's Tony Perkins)

    01/22/2014 5:08:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The Hill's Campaign Blog ^ | January 22, 2014 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has some harsh criticism for Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), the GOP establishment’s chosen candidate to take on Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) this year. But he also left the door open to jumping into the race himself — or running for Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) seat, if Vitter wins his gubernatorial bid in 2015. Speaking to The Hill during Wednesday’s March for Life anti-abortion rally on the National Mall, Perkins said Cassidy can’t win against Landrieu because he’s not a staunch enough conservative. “I think his problem is his record. He’s been pretty weak on...
  • Vitter’s Running For (Louisiana) Governor In 2015

    01/21/2014 7:53:43 AM PST · by abb · 38 replies
    The Hayride ^ | January 21, 2014 | Scott McKay
    He said he was going to make his decision this month, and he has. From the e-mail which is going out to his list this morning… Dear —-, Since you are such a long-time friend, I wanted you to be among the first to know, directly from me. After much thought, prayer, and discussion with Wendy and our children, I’ve decided to run for Governor of Louisiana in 2015. Let me first assure you, this decision will in no way limit the critical work I’m doing today in the U.S. Senate. Representing you and your family will continue to be...
  • Vitter to Reid: ‘Come clean’ on exemptions (Dingy a no-show)

    12/10/2013 4:33:14 PM PST · by Libloather · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/10/13 | Ramsey Cox
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) challenged Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to publically explain why he has exempted some of his leadership staff from enrolling in the ObamaCare health insurance exchange. “I think it’s incumbent on the distinguished majority leader to come clean,” Vitter said on the Senate floor Tuesday. Reports came out last week that Reid would allow his leadership staff to remain on the federal healthcare plan instead of forcing them onto the exchanges, as required for other congressional staffers. He was the only member of leadership to announce such a move. The Affordable Care Act, also known...
  • Poll shows strong Vitter, weak Landrieu and Democrats

    11/26/2013 4:45:13 PM PST · by Libloather · 24 replies
    Bayou Buzz ^ | 11/26/13 | Jeffrey Sadow
    A poll about the fortunes of Louisiana U.S. Senate candidates next year and gubernatorial candidates the year after provided excellent news for Republicans in federal office and highlighted the continually deteriorating position of Democrats in the state. Among other things, the recent survey by Southern Media and Opinion Research looked at answers for likely voters for the offices of senator and governor. For the Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mary Landrieu, she led U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy 41-34 percent, with another Republican challenger recent state arrival Rob Maness at 10 percent.
  • Yellen Strikes Out

    11/16/2013 8:37:31 AM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    The New York Sun ^ | November 14, 2013
    Vice Chairman Yellen’s testimony before the Senate this morning moves us to oppose her confirmation to succeed Chairman Bernanke at the Federal Reserve. We don’t mind saying it’s an odd position for us, since we have great regard for her capacity as a forecaster, her character, and her comportment. She displays none of condescension that Mr. Bernanke so often allowed to show (we once expressed surprise that he wasn’t held in contempt). What transports us into the opposition is Mrs. Yellen’s truculence on the issue of auditing the Fed. ... Senator Vitter .. speaks for a faction in the upper...
  • Yellen against Rand Paul’s ‘Audit the Fed’ bill

    11/14/2013 9:37:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11-14-2013 | Alex Pappas
    President Obama’s nominee to become chairman of the Federal Reserve came out against Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s “Audit the Fed” legislation on Thursday. Asked by Republican Sen. David Vitter about the proposal, Yellen said she “strongly” supports “transparency and openness on the part of the Fed” but does not support any proposal that would “diminish” its independence. “I would be very concerned about legislation that would subject the Federal Reserve to short-term political pressures that could interfere with that independence,” she said. Yellen, the vice chairman of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors, made the comments during her confirmation hearing...
  • Why should Washington be exempt from Obamacare?

    11/05/2013 6:52:42 AM PST · by Washi · 32 replies
    LiveByYourLaws.com ^ | Unknown | Citizens United
    United States Senator David Vitter (R-LA) and Citizens United are rallying Americans in every city, town, and state around this common sense idea! Join Senator Vitter and Citizens United in demanding that Members of Congress not exempt themselves from Obamacare - the law they forced on the rest of us! Tell Washington to live by their laws!
  • “Vitter Amendment” To Debt Deal Is Popular With Voters, Not So With Some On The Hill

    10/18/2013 10:30:36 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 4 replies
    fox ^ | 10-17-13 | John Fund
    It’s a contest over which senator is the most unpopular with his colleagues. Surprisingly, it’s probably not Ted Cruz. The most likely winner is David Vitter of Louisiana, who is mounting a campaign to end government subsidies for congressional health coverage. Polls show that 92 percent of voters dislike the idea of a special Obamacare privilege for anyone on Capitol Hill. Yesterday, Vitter won an influential new recruit: GOP senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. Graham told NRO’s Bob Costa that he will “object” to any pending fiscal deal unless the Senate at the same time votes on Vitter’s proposal....
  • GOP Staffer on Vitter Amendment: "Congress Literally Threw Staff Under The Bus"

    (UNNAMED) GOP Staffer on Vitter Amendment: "Congress Literally Threw Staff Under The Bus" The latest Republican assault on Obamacare involves jacking up health insurance costs for members of Congress and their staffers. That has some GOP aides upset. Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Florida), is of the same mind: "If you're going to stick pins in a voodoo doll, the doll shouldn't be people who work for you." Vitter's office did not respond to a request for comment. Nor did McCaul's. Jacking up health care costs for low-paid aides is not only mean; it could cause brain drain on the Hill. Staffers...
  • Vitter calls for ethics probe of Reid, Boxer, claims 'bribery'

    09/13/2013 3:05:31 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 5 replies
    UPI ^ | Published: Sept. 13, 2013 at 4:18 PM
    A Senate Republican requested an ethics investigation of Democrats who hinted they may use his personal scandal to fight his effort to defund part of Obamacare. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., has been demanding a Senate vote on a proposal to repeal federal contributions to help pay for healthcare coverage for members of Congress under the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare. The provision was included in the 2010 legislation by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.
  • UPDATE 1-U.S. Congress wins relief on Obamacare health plan subsidies

    08/07/2013 9:56:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 7, 2013
    Congress has won some partial relief for lawmakers and their staffs from the "Obamacare" health reforms that it passed and subjected itself to three years ago. In a ruling issued on Wednesday, U.S. lawmakers and their staffs will continue to receive a federal contribution toward the health insurance that they must purchase through soon-to-open exchanges created by President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law. The decision by the Office of Personnel Management, with Obama's blessing, will prevent the largely unintended loss of healthcare benefits for 535 members of the Senate and House of Representatives and thousands of Capitol Hill staff. When...
  • Congress Exempt from Obamacare in Last-Minute Deal

    08/05/2013 11:26:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 162 replies
    CBN News ^ | 5 Aug 13 | CBN
    Senators, representatives, and their top aides will be able to stay under the current subsidized health care system. That means they will continue to get a taxpayer-funded contribution to help pay for their health care premiums. A last-minute deal worked out before Congress went on their five-week summer vacation gets lawmakers out of the original language of Obamacare, which said members and their aides had to use its health care plans. Republicans like Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana slammed the move, calling it a "behind-closed-doors deal, announced right after Congress is safely away from the crime scene." "This is exactly...
  • Louisiana Senate 2014: Bill Cassidy to challenge Mary Landrieu

    04/02/2013 12:59:02 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | 4/2/13 | Ginger Gibson
    Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) will announce a run for a U.S. Senate seat on Wednesday, sources confirmed to POLITICO. The impending announcement that he will challenge Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu, first reported by The Associated Press, will take place in a video. Cassidy will then launch an announcement tour in the state, a source also confirmed. Joel DiGrado, who was Sen. David Vitter’s communication director during his 2010 campaign and was deputy state director for the Rick Santorum 2012 primary campaign, will be managing Cassidy’s campaign, a source with knowledge confirmed. Vitter’s backing would likely give Cassidy a leg up...
  • SCANDAL: EPA Official & Colorado Power Broker Resigns Following Transparency Inquiry

    03/01/2013 7:10:33 AM PST · by george76 · 3 replies
    Colorado Peak Politics ^ | February 28, 2013
    A huge story involving a key power broker in Colorado Democratic politics flew under the radar of the Colorado press last week – and ours too. Jim Martin, formerly the head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 8, which includes Colorado, resigned from his post last Friday. According to Fox News, his resignation comes just three weeks after Louisiana’s Republican Senator David Vitter questioned his use of a personal email address to conduct official business. An EPA spokesperson cited “personal reasons” for Martin’s resignation. Vitter noted Martin may face a congressional probe for using his personal email address to circumnavigate...
  • VITTER: Endangered Species Act’s hidden costs

    02/08/2013 9:06:39 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 8, 2013 | Sen. David Vitter
    Respect for private property at riskAt least you have to give President Obama high marks for creativity in his latest attempt to curtail freedom and individual rights. Specifically, I’m talking about Mr. Obama’s assault on private property rights through the abuse of the Endangered Species Act. I strongly support protecting endangered species. No one I know wants to see a species go anywhere near extinction. The far-left environmentalists in the Obama administration, however, have gone way beyond this by settling litigation with their allies in environmental groups behind closed doors. Through these secret settlements, they are advancing a much more...
  • Gingrich, Vitter, National Review, Malkin, Coulter, Erickson oppose Rubio’s immigration plan

    01/30/2013 2:10:36 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/30/2013 | AllahPundit
    The key subplot to Rubio's immigration push, of course, is how much of a headache it'll be for him with conservatives in the 2016 primaries. The talk-radio charm offensive is mainly designed to get grassroots opinion-shapers like Rush to at least wait and see what the bill looks like before lobbying against it, but more broadly it's designed to move the Overton window on what positions are acceptable for a good conservative to hold. Rubio can afford to have immigration reform fail; he can't afford to be RINO-ized over it. Like I said yesterday, whether or not a bill ends...