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:
- 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. Senator David Vitter (R-La.) has joined Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) in reintroducing bipartisan legislation to remove the railroad industry’s obsolete exemption from antitrust laws, which will promote fairness and competition in the railroad industry.Read More
( U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-La.), Chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works’ (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, today introduced a bipartisan six-year highway reauthorization bill, entitled the Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy Act (DRIVE Act), along with Sens. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), EPW Chairman; Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), EPW Ranking Member, and Tom Carper (D-Del.), senior member of the EPW Committee.Read More
( U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) today announced that the Army Corps of Engineers has signed its Chief’s Report for the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction project, bringing it one step closer to construction.Read More
(Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Senator David Vitter, Chairman of the Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, led 18 Senators in a bipartisan letter urging the Senate Appropriations Committee leadership to set the funding levels for harbor maintenance at the levels authorized in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), which Vitter passed and had signed into law last year.Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More
(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.Read More