Energy

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.


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  • Senators Urge President Obama to Stop Attacks on Revenue Sharing for Coastal States

    U.S. Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), David Vitter (R-La.), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), this week sent a letter to President Obama opposing his proposal to deprive Gulf Coast states of a fair share of the revenue from energy produced off their shores as promised under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006.

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  • Vitter: Fight for Keystone, Energy Independence is Not Over

    ( U.S. Sen. David Vitter, Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, made the following statement regarding today’s vote on the Keystone XL pipeline. The vote was 62-37, which failed to reach the 67 needed to override President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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  • Vitter: Obama Keystone Veto is Political Spite

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement in response to President Obama’s decision to veto legislation passed by Congress approving the Keystone XL pipeline. The Senate approved bipartisan legislation authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline on January 29, 2015, and the House of Representatives passed the legislation on February 11, 2015. Vitter is an original co-sponsor of the legislation in the Senate.

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  • Vitter to Obama: Put Politics Aside on Keystone Pipeline

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement on the U.S. Senate’s vote to approve bipartisan legislation authorizing the Keystone XL Pipeline. Vitter is an original co-sponsor of the legislation.

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  • Vitter: New 5-Year OCS Plan is a Continued Disappointment

    ( Today, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, made a statement regarding the Department of Interior (DOI) and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s (BOEM) newly proposed five-year plan to potentially lease 14 new offshore oil and gas sites between 2017 and 2022. The proposed number of sites is lower than the 15 included in the President’s current plan and well below the 31 included in the plan that former DOI Secretary Ken Salazar discarded

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  • Vitter, Cassidy Introduce OCS Revenue Sharing Increase Amendment to Keystone

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committee, pushed for a vote on his amendment to the Keystone XL Pipeline Act, which would increase federal offshore revenue sharing for energy producing states. The amendment would also change the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) 5-year leasing program from 2015 through 2020 to open more areas off the East and West coasts for exploration.

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  • Vitter Introduces Bills to Improve U.S. Energy Economy

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) this week introduced targeted bills to improve the United States energy economy and use of domestic resources, including expanding access to the outer continental shelf, providing businesses more certainty in the permitting process, directing action on the Keystone XL Pipeline, and fighting against a carbon tax and over-regulating by the Obama administration.

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  • Vitter: Authorizing Keystone Should Be a No-Brainer

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, made the following statement regarding today’s vote in the U.S. Senate to authorize building the Keystone XL pipeline. S. 2280 failed to reach 60 votes in the Senate and was therefore not agreed to.

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