Today, Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. wrote to Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter urging them to oppose the nomination of Ms. Rhea Suh to be Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and Parks within the U.S. Department of the Interior. He sent this letter on behalf of himself and Congressmen Charles Boustany, John Fleming, Vance McAllister and Steve Scalise.
Congressman Bill Cassidy, M.D. said: "During her time in the Department of the Interior, Ms. Suh advocated against natural gas exploration and helped implement the drilling moratorium following the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The decision to nominate Ms. Suh as the next Assistant Secretary of Fish, Wildlife and Parks puts the President at odds with our energy workers and producers. Our Senators need to support Louisiana working families over the President."
Other statements from Members of the Louisiana Congressional Delegation include:
Congressman Steve Scalise: "Ms. Suh's track record of hostility towards American energy security should concern each and every Louisianan. I hope our Senators recognize the potentially devastating consequences that could come by confirming an anti-energy extremist as Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks at the Department of Interior."
Congressman John Fleming: "At the height of the recession, when unemployment was soaring nationally, the Haynesville Shale supported more than 60,000 jobs over a three-year period. But this latest Obama nominee has called natural gas development "easily the single greatest threat to the ecological integrity of the West.' We've already seen natural gas production decline sharply on federal lands under President Obama, and promoting Ms. Suh would only deepen the threat of this administration's radical environmental agenda, and its attack on good-paying jobs in the energy industry."
The nomination, if approved, would put Ms. Suh in charge of an agency that has challenged private property rights in St. Tammany Parish and could affect our energy economy. A copy of the letter from Congressman Cassidy to Senators Landrieu and Vitter is available here.
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