As top Republican on the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee, I will 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:
- Developing and passing WRDA 2013, which will ensure that state and local governments, levee districts, and non-federal interests are able to easily navigate Corps policy and find resolutions to the many problems they face in dealing with the Army Corps of Engineers.
- Implementing Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21), which will create a streamlined and performance-based surface transportation program, while transforming the policy and programmatic framework for investments to guide the system’s growth and development.
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that an agreement has been reached on an in-lieu fee program between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The in-lieu fee program will help to offset losses by providing an alternative means of compensatory mitigation in addition to mitigation bank credits. Louisiana State Sen. Dan “Blade” Morrish, a proponent of coastal restoration and conservation issues, has been leading the efforts with DNR to come to this agreement.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter, top Republican on the Senate committee that oversees the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, today announced that the Morganza to the Gulf Chief’s Report has received concurrence to move forward with Congressional authorization by the Administration after nearly two decades of delays. The Corps completed the report in July, and it has been waiting for approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). OMB did not object to the report, therefore allowing it to move forward.Read More
Vitter Says Senate Appropriators’ Misstep May Benefit Middle East Airlines at U.S. Airlines Expense, Wants Correction
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) along with two Senators and 13 Representatives sent a bipartisan letter to the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership asking them to halt the use of U.S. funds to support an Abu Dhabi International Airport.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee and a member of the Conference Committee to reconcile the House and Senate versions of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), made the following statement today as the conference committee convened.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced that he has officially been selected to be on the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) conference committee. In March, the Senate passed its version 83 to 14. Last week the House passed its version 417 to 3. Vitter is the lead sponsor of the Senate bill and the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, which has jurisdiction over the bill.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to rethink their recent tentatively-selected plan for the West Shore Hurricane Protection Project. On August 23, the Corps announced their “tentatively selected plan,” but the alignment they chose protects fewer parishes than a separate alignment that is preferred by local officials.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced that Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will testify at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing regarding the potentially drastic increases to flood insurance premiums under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - Parish Presidents from South Louisiana are expressing support for U.S. Senator David Vitter’s letter this week to Craig Fugate, Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Vitter’s letter urged FEMA to rescind new preliminary flood maps issued for several south Louisiana parishes.Read More