( U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) lost an appeal to compel the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC) to recoup money for the victims of a Ponzi scheme run by financier Allen Stanford.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) introduced the Freedom from Union Violence Act (FUVA), which would make any violence committed as a part of labor union organizing a federal crime. Current law imposes criminal penalties for acts of robbery or extortion affecting interstate commerce, but a loophole makes an exception for union violence.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is opposing President Obama’s nomination of Debo Adegbile to head the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division. Adegbile previously worked as legal counsel to the NAACP's Legal Defense Fund, which helped overturn a death sentence for Mumia Abu-Jamal, who murdered a police officer in Philadelphia.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced an amendment to the Transportation and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill that would disqualify violent criminals from receiving federal housing assistance. The Senate will vote on this amendment this week.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement regarding news that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four others have been charged with planning and executing the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“Nothing we can do will take back the pain caused on September 11, 2001, but we need to continue doing everything we can to make sure we keep terrorists out of our homeland,” Vitter said. “Terrorists like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed have no business getting access to the same rights as U.S. citizens in our court system, and getting this done through a military tribunal is absolutely the right thing to do.”Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced their Respecting States’ Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines in accordance with the laws of individual states. The bill balances the constitutional rights protected by the Second Amendment with the rights of each state to enforce its own laws regarding concealed firearms.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today was invited to testify at the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Capital Markets about some of the ongoing problems at the Securities Investor Protection Corporation (SIPC). Vitter testified about SIPC’s refusal thus far to compensate the victims of the Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme.Read More