Crime and Drugs
Keeping our streets safe and our communities drug-free has never been more important. Every American has a right to live, work, and raise a family in a safe, crime-free neighborhood. And every child has the right to go to a safe, drug-free school.
I am committed to making our streets and schools as safe as possible, and have taken concrete actions to do so, including:
Leading the fight for an increase in COPS funding for local law enforcement agencies to put more police officers on our streets.
Fighting the emerging threats of methamphetamine labs and OxyContin abuse in our rural communities.
Funding a $1 million statewide DNA initiative to help our state's crime labs process their DNS backlog.
Helping expand the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which gives local law enforcement more tools for combatting drugs.
(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
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen David Vitter introduced a resolution today condemning the Government of Iran for its continued persecution, imprisonment and sentencing of Youcef Nadarkhani on the charge of apostasy. Nadarkhani is a Christian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith. The House of Representatives passed its companion resolution today.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today applauded a federal court decision saying the Securities and Exchange Commission does not have to pursue a long, costly trial to force the Securities Investor Protection Corp. to start compensating victims of the Stanford Ponzi scheme.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter last week called on Securities and Exchange Commission Chairwoman Mary Schapiro to sue the Securities Investor Protection Corporation on behalf of victims of the alleged Stanford Ponzi scheme. Today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that the SEC intends to sue SIPC.Read More