As a member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, I work with my colleagues to promote a common-sense and balanced approach to a fact-based energy and infrastructure policy that harnesses the power of America's job creators to grow and maintain a strong economy. My focuses include:

  • Holding the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and other federal agencies accountable to President Obama’s promise that his Administration would become “the most open and transparent in history”
  • Ensuring that federal agencies consider the comprehensive economic cost versus environmental benefit before creating and enacting new rules and regulations that affect businesses, land owners, states, and counties
  • Requesting that future rule-making is based on sound science before implementation


  • Vitter Statement on Obama EPA’s Massive Carbon Emission Rule

    ( U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today made the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement of a controversial carbon emission rule that would affect existing, modified and reconstructed, and new power plants and electricity supply across the country.

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  • Vitter, Bicameral Colleagues Urge Thorough Review of EPA’s Carbon Rule, Rule-Making Process

    ( Today Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), along with 17 other Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, sent a letter to Howard Shelanski, Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants under the Clean Air Act (CAA).

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  • Whitehouse, Vitter Introduce Bill to Reauthorize National Estuary Program

    ( Today U.S. Sens. David Vitter (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced legislation to reauthorize the National Estuary Program (NEP). The program was first established in 1987 by the late Sen. John Chafee (R-R.I.) to protect and restore estuarine habitats threatened by pollution and overdevelopment. Authorization for this important program expired in 2010.

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  • Vitter: EPA Better Not Delay Camp Minden Clean-Up

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) is urging the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to move forward with the final agreement to clean up nearly 15 million pounds of M6 propellant abandoned at Camp Minden. The process has now been delayed due to new, previously undisclosed EPA oversight costs. According to recent information, the EPA will not sign the final agreement until an undisclosed amount of money to cover its own agency oversight costs is increased. 

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  • Udall, Vitter Announce 14 New Bipartisan Cosponsors Chemical Safety Reform

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, in a bipartisan news conference in the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and David Vitter (R-La.) announced major new support for their bipartisan legislation to overhaul the nation’s broken chemical safety law. This week, 14 senators from both parties and representing citizens across the country joined the bill as cosponsors. The total number of senators supporting the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act is now 36.

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  • Vitter: Obama’s Political Agenda Shouldn’t Affect FEMA Disaster Assistance

    ( U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) sent a letter to Administrator Craig Fugate of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) and others. In the letter, Vitter and the Senators urge FEMA to reconsider the necessity for the agency’s new requirement for States to address climate change in their disaster planning and preparedness strategies before FEMA will issue disaster mitigation grants.

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  • Vitter Announces Bipartisan-Supported TSCA Reform Passes Through EPW Committee

    ( Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act passed through the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee. The vote was 15 yeas to 5 nays, with all 11 Republicans and 4 Democrats voting in favor of the legislation. The Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act will enact common-sense reforms that are necessary to update the United States’ ineffective, outdated chemical regulatory program.

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