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Vitter Offers Statement at Moratorium Hearing in Lafayette


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Sen. David Vitter today submitted a statement for the record at the Mineral Management Service fact-finding hearing in Lafayette chaired by MMS Director Michael Bromwich.

"As the president's director of the agency that oversees offshore drilling activity, I hope Mr. Bromwich will listen to those Louisianians most affected by this job-crushing moratorium. And more importantly, as he considers lifting the president's moratorium prior to the current end date, I hope does not replace it with a de facto moratorium.

"Louisianians are tired of hearing excuses from this administration, which has now lost two court decisions on its moratorium and currently faces an ongoing investigation of Interior Secretary Salazar's engineering analysis and recommendations. Here in Louisiana we are tired of their excuses, and we are tired of their insistence on perpetuating job-crushing and energy-restricting policies at every juncture. These ongoing forums highlight the fact that Louisianians oppose the economically destructive actions of this administration and want to get back to work," Vitter said.

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