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  • Scribecast: Sen. David Vitter on Drilling, Jobs and the Deficit

    Few people have been more vocal about the challenges facing offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico than Sen. David Vitter. As a Republican from Louisiana, Vitter has firsthand knowledge of the Obama administration’s slow pace of permitting since last year’s oil spill.

    Louisiana has yet to fully recover from the drilling moratorium and the subsequent delays stemming from Washington. This week marked the first offshore lease sale in nearly two years — a sign of progress. However, bureaucrats are still taking 115 days to approve plans, nearly twice as long as the historical average. And only 35 percent of plans submitted to the government have been approved this year compared to a average of 73 percent before the spill, according to Greater New Orleans Inc.

    Vitter has pressured the administration to act by blocking confirmation of the president’s nominees and appealing directly to Department of Interior officials. He shared shared some of the challenges on this week’s edition of Scribecast.

    Listen to the interview with Sen. David Vitter on this week’s Scribecast

    As he noted in the interview, the federal government can’t afford to abandon offshore drill because it provides much-needed revenue. This week’s lease sale netted about $337 million — a far cry from the $9 billion the government collected in 2008.

    Vitter also discussed ongoing negotiations about the Keystone XL pipeline and his effort to repeal the Presidential Dollar Coin Act of 2005. This week the Treasury Department announced the U.S. Mint was halting production of the coins after consumers expressed little desire to use them.

    The podcast runs about 10 minutes. It was produced with the help of Hannah Sternberg. Listen to previous interviews on Scribecast or subscribe to future episodes.

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    4 Responses to Scribecast: Sen. David Vitter on Drilling, Jobs and the Deficit

    1. Allen says:

      David Vitter is one of my favorite Senators. The citizens of Louisiana are fortunate to have him. Wish I could trade my Senator (Reid) for yours!

    2. Allen says:

      David Vitter is one of my favorite Senators. Louisianans are very lucky; I'd gladly trade you mine (Reid) for yours!

    3. steve h says:

      You might recall what happened in the Gulf not too long ago – you know the entire explosion, people dying, gulf getting polluted, tourism getting squashed, and faulty building/poor oversight was too blame. Thank goodness the current admin won't repeat the same silly mistakes and actually look at things instead of blindly signing off on them.

      Pretty amazing that this guy wasn't forced to resign after getting caught with the prostitution ring. You get guys like Weiner to resign over sending photos, but Vitter was actually goign to hookers.

      • Bobbie says:

        oh yeah, I remember. The one the current American government administration inspectors signed off on all safety measures only to have 11 lives killed due to the lack of proper evaluation and inspection of the government safety board adding to cause through government authority, your written results. I don't doubt it would've been safer had the government not been involved and private businesses (bp) held all accountabilities. No reason to put the expense of government and their conflicts of interests in between the business and consumer!

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