Transportation

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.

Latest

  • Vitter Named “Port Person of the Year” for 2015

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) is receiving the American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2015 “Port Person of the Year” award. AAPA recognized Vitter for his work passing the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2014, securing funding for America’s ports and waterways, and positively affecting water resources policy changes.

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  • Vitter Legislation Creates Safety Standards for Autocycles

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today introduced the Autocycle Safety Act, which creates the new classification “autocycle” for enclosed motor vehicles with three wheels. Vitter’s legislation would set standards for autocycles under safety rules and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards. Currently 26 states have enacted or are currently developing classifications for enclosed, three-wheeled vehicles as autocycles at the state level, including Louisiana.

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  • Vitter Announces $62.4 Million for Louisiana Projects

    (Washington, D.C.) - Today, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, announced that several Louisiana projects received additional funds in the Army Corps of Engineers’ FY 2015 spending plan, which is a requirement of Congress in the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

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  • Vitter Defends Jones Act, Domestic Maritime Industry

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) today released a statement for the Congressional Record defending the Jones Act, a law that protects the domestic maritime industry. This week Vitter fought against legislation proposed by Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) to repeal the Jones Act. The amendment was not passed by the Senate.

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  • Vitter Selected to be T&I Subcommittee Chairman

    ( Today, Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) was elected to be the Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure and made the following statement about getting to work on the federal highway bill.

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  • Vitter and Cassidy Announce Over $7 Million for Baton Rouge Metro Airport

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senators David Vitter and Bill Cassidy today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $7,328,254 in federal and state grant funding to the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport in Louisiana to improve the airport’s operations and safety. The improvements are estimated to create 249 construction jobs.

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  • Vitter Slams Corps for Delays on Calcasieu River Dredging

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter, top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee which has jurisdiction over the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, slammed the Corps today for not adequately dredging the Calcasieu River Ship Channel. The Corps has failed to maintain the channel to its authorized width and depth, which forced Lake Charles pilots to implement restrictions on the main channel of the Calcasieu River.

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  • Vitter Gets Calcasieu River Lock Issue Resolved, Will Increase Barge & Boat Traffic

    (Lake Charles, La.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, today announced that he has resolved an issue affecting the Calcasieu Saltwater Barrier that will increase waterway traffic. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had previously restricted lock hours that hindered recreational and commercial traffic on the Calcasieu River. Vitter was able to increase the lock hours of operation in legislation he passed earlier this year.

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