During my time in the Senate, I've been a strong supporter of our domestic energy industry, and specifically the 9+ million Americans that are employed thanks to our abundant fossil fuel resources.   As a Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, I've fought for free market economics in energy production, rather than the command and control policies that continue to fail around the world.  My specific focus includes:

Increasing access to our abundant domestic resources that are made available from advances in technology and private capital.

Calling out the Obama Administration for its repeated missteps and junk science war on hydraulic fracturing.

Offering comprehensive energy legislation to allow multiple projects being held hostage to move forward, including the Keystone XL pipeline.

Shedding light on EPA overregulation that is crushing jobs and preventing a strong economic recovery.


  • Senators Push Administration for Expanded Offshore Drilling in Next 5-Year OCS Leasing Plan

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, along with Sens. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) sent a letter to Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Department of Interior, regarding the Department’s oil and gas leasing plan for 2017 through 2022 on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS).

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  • Vitter Meets with Coal Miners Concerned About Losing Jobs

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, met today with a group of coal miners who visited the Capitol to protest a hearing on President Obama’s “Climate Action Plan” in the Senate Environment and Public Works committee.

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  • 41 Senators Urge President Obama to Withdraw Cap-and-Trade Rule

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), led 41 Senators in a letter to President Obama, asking him to withdraw the Administration’s massive rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

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  • Vitter: Cap and Trade is Back with All Pain, No Gain

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement about President Obama’s new regulations on carbon emissions from existing power plants as part of his Climate Action Plan.

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  • Republicans Support Keystone XL Pipeline

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement after news that Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the Senate Majority Leader, indicated that he will not allow a vote on the Keystone XL pipeline.

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  • Vitter’s “No Washington Exemption from Obamacare” is Back

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced his amendment to stop the Obamacare exemption for Congress. Vitter’s legislation requires all Members of Congress, all Congressional staff, the President, Vice-President, and all political appointees within the administration to purchase their health insurance on the Obamacare Exchange and receive the same amount of financial support from tax credits or subsidies as any American would outside of Washington.

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  • Vitter, Scalise, Cassidy Invite Delegation to RESTORE Act Briefing with Treasury

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter, along with U.S. Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), today accepted an invitation from the Department of Treasury for a briefing on concerns surrounding the development of regulations necessary for full implementation of the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (RESTORE Act). They have also invited the rest of the delegation to join.

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  • Vitter, Cassidy Request Investigation of Midla Pipeline’s Potential Abandonment

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) and Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) today sent a letter to Cheryl LaFleur, Acting Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). In the letter, Vitter and Cassidy request a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the abandonment application requested by American Midstream Partners, LP and American Midstream Pipline (Midla) for a pipeline that services rural parts of Louisiana.

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