U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement regarding news that the Obama administration will be launching an energy partnership with Brazil this week.
"Far too many of our domestic energy producers are sitting idly waiting to get back to work -- and a simple solution rests with the Obama administration starting to issue more offshore permits," Vitter said. "Unfortunately Obama is doing just the opposite going hat-in-hand to countries like Brazil begging them to produce more oil. I'll keep fighting until the president gets serious about developing our resources here at home."
Earlier this year, Vitter introduced 3-D: The Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act of 2011, which would create more than 2 million jobs, $10 trillion in economic activity and $2 trillion in federal tax receipts (conservative 30-year estimates) by unleashing America's vast domestic energy potential.
Vitter is currently blocking the nomination of Rebecca Wodder to serve as Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks for the Department of Interior until the agency extends hundreds of Gulf of Mexico drilling leases that are set to expire this year.