April 28, 2009
|IN THIS ISSUE |
URGING SUPPORT FOR JIM LETTEN
CONTINUING THE FIGHT AGAINST CONGRESSIONAL PAYRAISES
CALLING ATTENTION TO THE ECONOMIC THREAT OF THE EPA
QUESTIONING THE LOGIC OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
|This month I’m continuing my push for the re-appointment of Jim Letten to the position of U.S. Attorney so he can continue his vital work to fight crime and corruption in our state. Congressional pay raises also continue to be a hot topic in Washington, and I was recently joined by U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold on a bipartisan op-ed that outlined our concerns with automatic pay raises for Congress and why this practice should be stopped.|
Below you can read about these and other issues I am working on the U.S. Senate, such as my disappointment in the recent announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency regarding greenhouse gases as well as the report by the Department of Homeland Security that warned about the dangers of rightwing extremists.
|P.S. You can receive your own copy of my newsletter by by visiting my Web site at http://vitter.senate.gov/.|
In March, I was honored to accept a “Legislative Leader” award from the Humane Society during their annual Congressional Humane Awards Ceremony. Here I am pictured with Michael Makarian, President of the Human Society’s Legislative Fund, following the ceremony.
|SPREADING THE WORD ON CONGRESSIONAL PAYRAISES|
Last month, I sent a letter to fellow U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and White House Counsel Greg Craig requesting that President Obama reappoint Jim Letten as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. There is enormous, broad-based support for Jim Letten’s reappointment as U.S Attorney – including Senator Landrieu’s own strong statements of support shortly after the November elections. In light of all of this, Jim’s reappointment as U.S. Attorney would be particularly consistent with calls to depoliticize the appointments and work of U.S. Attorneys generally. In contrast, his replacement would be the politicization of that office.
I’ve continued to call on my colleague Sen. Landrieu to support Jim Letten’s nomination so he can continue his vital work toward fighting crime and corruption. There is a great opportunity here for all of us to work together in a genuine spirit of bipartisanship. Jim Letten’s reappointment – and in particular his submission among the president’s initial set of Louisiana nominees – would set us all on that desired path.
|CALLING ATTENTION TO THE ECONOMIC THREAT OF THE EPA|
The Environmental Protection Agency recently declared that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are a risk to public health and welfare. This announcement should be of concern to all American business owners, workers and consumers as this could have a profoundly negative impact on Louisiana’s economy in particular, bringing about significant job loss and increased energy prices – neither of which we need in these trying economic times.
California is already reeling from the impact of mandated renewable energy requirements and carbon regulation and now claims the highest unemployment in the country. As California’s economy is one of the largest in the world and makes up a significant component of the American economy, the difficulties they face as a result of these stringent regulations should give the rest of us some pause about just how far the EPA plans to go with this
|QUESTIONING THE LOGIC OF THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY|
This month I sent a letter to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano requesting an explanation of the methodology used by the department to draft its recent controversial report outlining the threat of rightwing extremism for America’s law enforcement. The report by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security cites a potential link between rightwing extremists and veterans returning from combat duty, Second Amendment advocates, small government activists and individuals who espouse certain conservative viewpoints. U.S. Sens. James Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint, Sam Brownback, Richard Burr and Lisa Murkowski joined me on the letter.
Certainly, extremism of all varieties is a threat to the United States and her citizens throughout the world. But I don’t believe that this report contains any evidence that would justify singling out these particular groups of Americans as suspected terrorists. To suggest that returning soldiers or Second Amendment rights advocates are prone to joining extremist groups is insulting and highly inflammatory – in addition to being a questionable focus for the Department of Homeland Security, especially when our southern border is still a source of major concern for a majority of Americans.
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