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 DNA backlog.
Helping expand the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, which gives local law enforcement more tools for combatting drugs.
Introducing the Arresting Child Predators Act to improve the ability of law enforcement agencies to catch child predators.
Passing into law pass the Securing Adolescents From Exploitation Online (SAFE) Act, which clarified and enhanced the current system for Internet Service Providers to report online child pornography and made the failure to report child pornography a federal crime.
Voting to authorize a grant program to end elder abuse and neglect, and to provide training for law enforcement agencies to better serve victims.
Vitter, Casey, Inhofe, Peters Introduce Criminal Justice Reform Legislation that Seeks to Blunt School to Prison Pipeline
( U.S. Senators David Vitter (R-LA), Bob Casey (D-PA), James Inhofe (R-OK), and Gary Peters (D-MI) announced that they have introduced criminal justice reform legislation that seeks to blunt the school to prison pipeline. The bipartisan Youth PROMISE Act allows local governments to use more of their existing federal funding to invest in youth violence prevention programs, like mentoring.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today released the following statement regarding his recent letter to Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General (AG). In a letter on April 2, Vitter asked Lynch whether she would investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email and server to shield and destroy official records. Vitter requested a response by April 13 but has not received one.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today sent a letter to Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General (AG), asking whether she would investigate former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a personal email and server to shield and destroy official records. It was recently reported that Clinton deleted all emails from her personal server, which she used to conduct official business, and released only four emails between her and her staff regarding drone strikes and U.S. surveillance programs.Read More
U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) is pushing the U.S. State Department to turn over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s records from her private email domain related to the State Department’s decision against designating Boko Haram as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced his legislation, A Voice for Victims Act, which would help to defend victims of rape committed by an employer or at their places of employment. Vitter’s legislation would prohibit employer arbitration claims from being enforced in cases of rape, instead allowing for these cases to be considered directly in court. Vitter first cosponsored this legislation in 2009.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today met with Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee for U.S. Attorney General (AG), to discuss his concerns with any executive action to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants and her nomination.Read More
(Metairie, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today welcomed the news that Attorney General Eric Holder will be resigning.Read More
( 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