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  • 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...
  • Sen. David Vitter: Marco Rubio ‘nuts’ on immigration

    01/30/2013 10:42:47 AM PST · by JohnPDuncan · 86 replies
    POLITICO ^ | MACKENZIE WEINGER
    Sen. David Vitter on Wednesday called Florida Sen. Marco Rubio “amazingly naïve” and “nuts” on the issue of immigration and slammed the new bipartisan reform proposal as “ridiculous.” The Louisiana Republican told “The Laura Ingraham Show” that the blueprint unveiled by a group of eight senators is a plan that mirrors the “same old” failed immigration reform of 1986. Rubio’s belief that enforcement mechanisms will work this time around is “just amazingly naïve,” Vitter said. “I love and respect Marco. I think he’s just amazingly naïve on this issue,” Vitter said. “This is the same old formula that we’ve dealt...
  • Vitter, Issa demand records regarding top EPA official’s use of private email account

    01/29/2013 3:14:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/29/13 | Michael Bastasch
    Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter and California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa sent a joint letter on Tuesday demanding emails from the private accounts an Environmental Protection Agency official who the lawmakers say may be trying to sidestep federal transparency laws. The official is EPA Region 8 Administrator James Martin. “This administration took office promising to be the ‘most transparent’ in history, but repeated actions have undermined this ambitious goal,” said Issa. “Investigations have revealed widespread disregard for transparency and record-keeping laws in multiple agencies and even in the White House.”
  • Vitter: Harry Reid is ‘an idiot’

    01/08/2013 5:26:31 AM PST · by Enosh · 14 replies
    Sen. David Vitter called Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid an “idiot” for his remarks on Friday that the people of New York and New Jersey suffered more in Hurricane Sandy than Gulf Coast residents did during Hurricane Katrina. “Sadly, Harry Reid has again revealed himself to be an idiot, this time gravely insulting Gulf Coast residents,” Vitter (R-La.) said in a statement and on Twitter. “Both Katrina and Sandy were horribly destructive storms that caused real human misery. And by most any measure, Katrina was our worst natural disaster in history.” Vitter pointed to the simple math and statistics from...
  • David Vitter Vows to Block Potential Romney EPA Chief: Opening Salvo for Conservatives?

    11/04/2012 9:16:35 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 48 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/03/2012 | Matt K. Lewis
    If Mitt Romney wins the election on Tuesday, he can expect another battle to begin almost immediately: The fight to block his moderate allies from key administration positions. Conservatives are quietly making preparations to begin lobbying for these posts to be filled by reliable conservatives. Of course, this may also entail opposing some of Romney’s first choices — a fight whose opening salvo has already begun. Sen. David Vitter is already sending signals he would attempt to block James Connaughton – Romney’s likely choice to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). (This is significant; Vitter is in line to become...
  • Senator David Vitter: End Handouts for Illegals

    05/30/2012 1:49:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 26 replies
    National Review Online ^ | May 30, 2012 | David Vitter
    The federal government is handing out $4.2 billion a year to illegal aliens.This isn’t some service benefit that illegal aliens are receiving, like taxpayer-subsidized health care or education. And it’s not a tax deduction or a non-refundable tax credit, which would require recipients to actually pay taxes in order to receive the benefit. It’s a refundable tax credit, a taxpayer-funded check from the federal government. And the government requires no proof that the recipient is actually eligible under the law, which illegals are not.Abuse of this tax benefit is one of the most ridiculous examples of fraud adding to...
  • Zoning the ocean

    04/17/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4-17-12 | Audrey Hudson
    President Barack Obama has an ambitious plan for Washington bureaucrats to take command of the oceans—and with it control over much of the nation’s energy, fisheries, even recreation in a move described by lawmakers as the ultimate power grab to zone the seas. The massive undertaking also includes control over key inland waterways and rivers that reach hundreds of miles upstream, and began with little fanfare when Obama signed an executive order in 2010 to protect the aquatic environment. “This one to me could be the sleeping power grab that Americans will wake up to one day and wonder what...
  • Sen. David Vitter pushes for caps on food stamps

    11/19/2011 7:27:23 PM PST · by BBell · 37 replies
    http://www.nola.com ^ | November 19, 2011, 9:00 PM
    Sen. David Vitter, R-La., joined last week with three other conservative GOP senators to propose caps on means-tested federal social welfare programs. It would require that funding for food stamps and 76 other federal welfare programs be capped at pre-2007 levels by 2015 or when unemployment falls below 7.5 percent, whichever comes sooner. It would require that food stamps be limited to essential foods such as milk and bread, as the senators said the program was originally envisioned, not, as it is in four states -- California, Florida, Arizona and Michigan -- for purchases at fast-food restaurants. "One of the...
  • Don't Import Rx Price Controls Into U.S. Health Markets

    10/20/2011 7:47:22 AM PDT · by 92nina · 14 replies
    ATR ^ | 2011-10-19 | Ryan Ellis
    This afternoon, the U.S. Senate will be voting on an amendment to H.R. 2112, the Agriculture-Commerce-etc. appropriations bill for FY 2012. The amendment (#769) is being offered by Senator David Vitter (R-La.) The amendment in question would allow Americans to purchase prescription medicines from Canada. On its face, this is a pro-free market amendment. Why should the government prevent people from buying goods or services from anywhere they want to, especially a developed nation like Canada? The free market answer is that consumers would often not be importing just the medicine, but also the price control. In most countries, the...
  • More Republicans skipping Obama’s jobs speech

    09/07/2011 1:06:03 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 104 replies
    YahooNews ^ | Sept. 7, 2011 | Chris Moody
    When President Obama delivers his address on a new job-creation plan to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, he won't be speaking to a sold-out crowd. Several lawmakers are still determining whether it is worth their time to stay in Washington to hear the president, and some are already planning to skip it. Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter is the latest to announce that he will not be there, choosing to attend a party to watch the New Orleans Saints' opening football game instead. "As a fanatic, I have my priorities," Vitter told Fox News on Wednesday.
  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • Vanity: Help Ignorant "Talking Heads" Distinguish Between Weiner and Vitter on Talk Shows

    06/10/2011 7:46:59 AM PDT · by RavenATB · 20 replies
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    I was just watching Lanny Davis lying his way through an interview about Anthony Weiner, on Fox News. Of couse, Davis took the opportunity to pretend that there was a good comparison between the Weiner story and the story of David Vitter's scandal. The female "talking head" was so ignorant about the Vitter case that she allowed Davis to grossly mischaracterize the Vitter incident. So, I think we should offer these talking heads a little data to help them understand the difference. Because it's obvious that neither the Fox News on-air staff, nor the bone-heads they hire to offer opinion,...
  • Thank Speaker Boehner for Blocking Obama Recess Appointments

    05/31/2011 8:07:50 AM PDT · by opentalk · 24 replies
    RedState ^ | May 31, 2011 | Erick Erickson
    With the Obama legislative agenda stalled, the left has turned its attention toward using the Executive power to accomplish their socialist goals. The key to this strategy is to the pack agencies, boards, and commissions such as the National Labor Relations Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with leftists like Craig Becker and Elizabeth Warren who will advance the collectivist agenda, regardless of whether there is any legal authority to do so. The Senate has blocked several of the more radical nominees, but under the Constitution, President Obama has the power to appoint them during a Congressional recess. Republican...
  • Reid Statement On Inappropriate Coercion By Vitter

    05/25/2011 4:02:21 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 22 replies
    U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid ^ | May 25, 2011 | U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
    Washington, D.C.—Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the following statement on Republican Sen. David Vitter inappropriately pressuring Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to approve offshore drilling permits: “I have worked with Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on this issue for weeks and it is wrong for Sen. Vitter to try to get something in return for moving forward on a matter that the Senate has considered routine for more than a century.   “Ken Salazar is extremely well-qualified, hard-working cabinet secretary, and deserves better than to be strong armed while trying to do an important job for the American people.”
  • Senator blocks Salazar pay hike in drilling battle

    05/25/2011 11:41:36 AM PDT · by DBeers · 21 replies
    The Anchorage Daily News ^ | May 25th, 2011 | ANDREW TAYLOR / Associated Press
    WASHINGTON - Democrats are crying foul after a GOP senator blocked a pay raise for Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in an effort to pressure him into approving more deepwater oil and gas drilling permits. At issue is a move by oil state Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to not only block the almost $20,000 raise for Salazar last week but then offer to allow the raise to go forward if the Interior Department issues six new deepwater permits a month. Salazar responded with a letter accusing Vitter of employing strong-arm tactics and of trying to coerce him into approving new drilling...
  • Letter from David Vitter (Ken Salazar Raise)

    05/24/2011 2:09:31 PM PDT · by chemicalman · 1 replies
    email ^ | 5/24/11 | David Vitter
    Dear Friend, I don’t know a single Louisianian who would agree that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has done a good job of making sure that drilling permits are being issued to get our energy economy up and running. And yet liberals in the U.S. Senate, led by Majority Leader Harry Reid, are trying their best to give Salazar a nearly $20,000 pay raise. That’s outrageous, and this week, I sent a letter to Salazar to explain why I’m not going to stand for it. The fact is, Secretary Salazar’s mismanagement of the permitting process is causing more Gulf energy workers...
  • (Democrat Controlled) Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan

    05/18/2011 6:05:39 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 29 replies
    cnn ^ | 5/18/2011 | cnn
    The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices. The bill was defeated in a 42-57 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage. Five Republicans -- Alabama's Richard Shelby, Louisiana's David Vitter, Maine's Olympia Snowe, South Carolina's Jim DeMint, and Utah's Mike Lee -- voted against the bill.
  • Vitter slams Obama over drilling comments

    05/06/2011 6:59:35 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 5/6/11 | Andrew Restuccia
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) slammed President Obama Friday for saying that increased drilling will not solve the country's energy woes. “It’s absurd that the president keeps simultaneously claiming there’s nothing he can do right now to fight these rising prices at the pump, while pushing retread arguments from the Jimmy Carter era,” Vitter said in a statement Friday. Vitter, a staunch advocate of increased drilling, called on the Interior Department to issue more permits for offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Unless they do, I’m afraid gas prices will continue to rise, our dependence on
  • This Date in History: Obama Imposes Job-Destroying Drilling Moratorium

    05/06/2011 7:11:57 AM PDT · by Qbert · 6 replies
    Heritage ^ | May 6th, 2011 | Heritage
    One year ago today President Obama imposed a moratorium on offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. It banned shallow-water and deepwater operations, setting the stage for a year of delays in permitting. Now a U.S. senator wants to put a moratorium on federal agencies. Sen. David Vitter (D-La.), an outspoken critic of the administration’s anti-drilling policies, introduced the Agency Overreach Moratorium Act, which would require congressional approval for federal regulations that restrict energy exploration on federal lands and offshore. Vitter said the legislation would expand domestic energy resources and produce much-needed revenue for the federal treasury at a time...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • Republicans Threaten Senate Blockade if Reid Doesn't Deal With Debt, Spending

    03/10/2011 7:09:45 PM PST · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 10, 2011 | Carl Cameron
    Ten Republican senators are warning Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that they will block any bills that do not address fiscal issues until the current impasse on spending is resolved. "While there are many issues that warrant the Senate's consideration, we feel that the Senate must not debate and consider bills at this time that do not affirmatively cut spending," reads a letter signed by the group of 10. "We, therefore, are notifying you of our intention to object to the consideration of any legislation that fails to directly address this crisis in a meaningful way." The letter was...
  • Federal judge gives Interior 30 days to decide on deepwater drilling permits

    02/17/2011 2:27:34 PM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 17, 2011 | Ben Geman
    A Louisiana federal judge critical of Interior Department offshore drilling restrictions on Thursday gave the department 30 days to decide whether to issue five deepwater drilling permits for Gulf of Mexico projects. Judge Martin Feldman’s order features his latest attacks on drilling restrictions imposed after the BP oil spill, alleging that permitting delays have “become increasingly unreasonable.” Interior lifted a formal ban on deepwater permits in October but has yet to resume permitting. Thursday's order mandates decisions on five permit applications in which Ensco Offshore Co. – one of the companies that has sued Interior over drilling restrictions – has...
  • Sens. Paul, Vitter introduce citizenship resolution

    01/27/2011 11:49:26 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies
    The Hill ^ | Jan. 27, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    Two Republican senators are introducing a resolution that would end the constitutional right to citizenship that comes with being born on U.S. soil. Rand Paul (Ky.) and David Vitter (La.) are introducing a resolution this week that would amend the Constitution so that a person born in the United States could only become an American citizen if one or more of his or her parents is an legal citizen, legal immigrant, or member of the armed forces, according to a joint press release Thursday. Vitter said the legislation would help reduce illegal immigration. “For too long, our nation has seen...