Vitter Urges Energy Committee to Oppose Interior Nominee Rhea Suh
Highlights irony of holding pro-natural gas hearing today, planned vote on anti-natural gas nominee on Thursday
March 25, 2014
Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, sent a letter to the members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee (ENR) urging a "no" vote on the nomination of Rhea Suh to be Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife, and Parks at the U.S. Department of Interior (Interior). Vitter led the opposition of Suh in the EPW committee based on her record of opposition to natural gas and other energy production projects.
"I find ironic that two days after the Committee is holding a hearing on the positive aspects of natural gas, they're expected to mark up the nomination of Rhea Suh who is on record calling expanded natural gas development ‘the single greatest threat' to our environment," Vitter wrote to the ENR Committee. "What kind of message does it send to hold a hearing on the potential benefits of natural gas when only two days later the Chair and committee Democrats plan to vote out of committee President Obama's nominee with the most clear record of opposition to natural gas production?"