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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Vitter Summary Statement for "Fugitive Methane Emissions" Subcommittee Hearing
Ranking Member Vitter Hearing Summary Statement
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
Subcommittee on Oversight
“Fugitive Methane Emissions from Oil and Gas Operations”
November 5, 2013
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Learning From The Shutdown
Five Job-Killing Energy Policy Disasters That Are Creating Some Private-Sector Shutdowns
Losing a job, being furloughed, or not knowing when your next paycheck is coming are all very serious, stressful experiences. So the EPW Republican staff hope that the Obama Administration takes the government shutdown as a learning experience. Maybe now they can consider the furloughs and cancelled paychecks they create in the private sector through their massive over-regulation of American energy. What about the burdens that places on American farmers, manufacturers, and consumers?
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Thursday, October 31, 2013

ICYMI: Forbes Op-Ed on Obama Administration's Transparent Lack of Transparency
U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, has been scrutinizing the Obama Administration’s problems with transparency, specifically focusing on secret “sue-and-settle” deals that Administration officials will make with far-left environmental groups to enact unnecessary and burdensome regulations without any input from those who will be affected, including States, local governments, and private citizens.
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Monday, October 21, 2013

ICYMI: Support for Eco-Friendly Rigs to Reefs Program Grows
Earlier this year, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment & Public Works Committee, introduced S. 1079, the Artificial Reef Promotion Act, which would increase the utilization of decommissioned Gulf platforms as artificial reefs, as part of the Rigs to Reefs program. FoxNews.com reports on the positive impact of the Rigs to Reefs program.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013

ICYMI: Vitter Seeks More Information on Brenner, Beale Relations at EPA
Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, continued the Committee’s investigation into fraud and theft at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Committee is looking into the close ties of a former senior EPA official who admitted to stealing nearly $900,000 of taxpayer funds.
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Top Ten Reasons The Government Shutdown Isn't All Bad
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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vitter Opening Statement for "The Need to Invest in America's Infrastructure" Hearing
U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Hearing - “The Need to Invest in America’s Infrastructure and Preserve Federal Transportation Funding”
Thank you, Chairman Boxer, the members of our Committee who are here today, and our witnesses for appearing before us.

Just over a year ago, MAP-21 was signed into law. While it made substantial reforms to how we invest in this nation’s transportation infrastructure and provided two years of funding, it did not address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.

As a result, we again face the looming consequences of a broken Highway Trust Fund. If action is not taken, the Trust Fund will not have the funds necessary to meet its obligations starting in early FY’15 or just about a year from now.

The hearing today will examine not only the factors that led the Trust Fund to this point and the ramifications of inaction, but also what options there are to put the Trust Fund back on a viable and sustainable course.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Vitter Summary Statement for "Black Carbon" Subcommittee Hearing
Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety Hearing - “Black Carbon – A Global Health Problem with Low-Cost Solutions”
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Friday, September 20, 2013

EPA’s Power Plants Rule
Despite the obvious problems, they did it anyway…
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ranking Member Vitter Hearing Summary Statement
Full Committee Hearing “Implementing MAP-21’s Provisions to Accelerate Project Delivery”
Just over a year ago, MAP-21 was signed into law. It not only took some major steps in improving how we invest in this nation’s transportation infrastructure but also made critical reforms to ensure that we stretch taxpayer dollars and push for greater efficiencies in our infrastructure policy.
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