U.S. Sen. David Vitter this week met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke, who has been nominated to be the next U.S. ambassador to China. In their meeting, Vitter asked Locke what he would do, if confirmed, to help the victims of toxic Chinese drywall and urged Locke to enforce new seafood safety standards that would benefit the Louisiana seafood industry.
"I thought our meeting was very productive, especially Locke's commitment to have a personal face-to-face meeting at the ambassador level to press for action on Chinese drywall. He also assured me that he'd work directly with the U.S. Trade Representative, to press this issue directly with the Chinese government at a high level, if he's confirmed," Vitter said. "I told him that if he's confirmed, he should expect a phone call from me a few months later to get updates on these commitments. We also had a productive discussion on ways he will work to address China's violation of our trade laws pertaining to the illegal dumping of seafood in Louisiana, and ways he'll help implement enforcement of the new safety standards enacted last year."