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  • Vitter, others support tolls to complete I-49

    October 4, 2014 5:42 PM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter says he "aggressively favors tolls" to pay part of the $3 billion needed for the completion of Interstate 49 between Lafayette and New Orleans. He told a meeting of the I-49 South Coalition in Lafayette Friday that people would accept tolls to... more »
  • Vitter top Republican on environment committee

    January 4, 2013 4:47 AM

    U.S. Senator David Vitter has been named deputy Senate whip and will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The committee has jurisdiction over levees, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and two major bills coming up this... more »
  • Vitter pushes to extend flood insurance program

    April 27, 2012 10:11 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter is pushing for a long-term extension of the National Flood Insurance Program. The Louisiana Republican wants to stop extending the program with short-term extensions. The insurance program, which provides help for people who are flooded, hasn't been fully reauthorized since 2004. The... more »
  • Senator Publicly Opposes Pardon for Edwin Edwards

    September 30, 2011 9:41 PM

    Former Governor Edwin Edwards making news again, this time over his bid for a presidential pardon. In 2003, Edwards' then wife Candy petitioned for a pardon for her husband. Now Edwards third wife, Trina Scott Edwards, is doing the same. "I would really hope that more people would... more »
  • Vitter Picks Saints over President's Speech

    September 8, 2011 11:49 PM

    President Barack Obama addressed the nation Thursday night with a speech on jobs and the economy. But not all lawmakers wanted to attend, and were even upset they had to miss out on another important event: the official start of NFL football. U.S. Senator David Vitter (R., La.) had... more »
  • Vitter blocks Interior nominee over drilling

    August 4, 2011 10:23 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is using his power as a senator to block an Obama administration nominee as a way to get the hundreds of oil and natural gas drilling leases extended in the Gulf of Mexico. Vitter said Wednesday that he would block the... more »
  • Vitter pushes alternative to Jindal hospital plan

    June 10, 2011 9:24 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter and other statewide elected officials on Thursday pitched an $800 million New Orleans teaching and research hospital that they say would cost less and offer a more manageable model than the one fellow Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal supports. Vitter, House Speaker... more »
  • Vitter on Terror Trials: WH Needs to be More Clear

    March 8, 2011 12:31 PM

    U.S. Sens. David Vitter made the following statement in reaction to news reports regarding President Obama's announcement that the "U.S. would resume the military tribunals for Guantanamo terrorists that he unilaterally suspended two years ago, and he may even begin referring new charges to military commissions within days or weeks."... more »
  • Vitter to Serve on Transportation Committee

    February 9, 2011 4:18 PM

    From Senator Vitter's Office: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced that he will serve as ranking member on the subcommittee for Transportation and Infrastructure of the Environment and Public Works Committee in the 112th Congress. "With my leadership position on the Transportation and Infrastructure subcommittee, I'll be an influential voice... more »
  • LA Congressional Delegation Reacts to AZ Rampage

    January 10, 2011 11:49 PM

    The attempted assassination of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords has raised security concerns among lawmakers across the country. The Arizona Democrat was shot in the head over the weekend while meeting with constituents outside of a supermarket in Tucson. The public event was very similar to events attended everyday by politicians... more »
  • Vitter Vows to Support 'Obamacare' Repeal

    November 3, 2010 6:44 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - His main opponent was a Democrat named Charlie Melancon but Republican Sen. David Vitter campaigned just as strongly against President Barack Obama. And, as it did for Republicans around the nation who gained control of the House and bolstered their numbers in the Senate, it worked.... more »
  • Senate Candidates Debate in New Orleans

    October 28, 2010 1:41 AM

    Six of the twelve candidates running for U.S. Senate debated in New Orleans Wednesday night, including the front runners: Congressman Charlie Melancon and Senator David Vitter. Although not alone on stage, Melancon and Vitter seemingly looked past the other four candidates and essentially took jabs at one another. They... more »
  • Jindal Refuses To Endorse LA Candidate

    October 4, 2010 4:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal has backed a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Kansas - but he's refused to make endorsements in a list of federal races in Louisiana so far. Jindal's office issued a statement saying he was supporting GOP Congressman Jerry Moran in the... more »
  • Senate Race Heats Up; Ad Wars Begin

    September 30, 2010 12:29 AM

    More than a month to go before the election, the race for the Louisiana U.S. Senate seat is heating up and the so-called "ad-wars" have begun. First up, a commercial already out by Senator David Vitter, which criticizes his opponent's response to the oil disaster in the Gulf. "Charlie Melancon... more »
  • Vitter Ethics Complaint

    September 22, 2010 12:59 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A government watchdog group in Washington is seeking a Senate ethics committee investigation of Louisiana Sen. David Vitter. Complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington center on Vitter's former aide, Brent Furer. Furer was arrested for an alleged knife attack on a girlfriend in... more »
  • Melancon Blasting Vitter on Fiscal Policy

    September 20, 2010 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democratic Senate candidate Charlie Melancon is blasting Republican Sen. David Vitter on fiscal policy and Vitter's votes for several Bush-era spending measures. The criticism hits Vitter in an area that has been his strength. Vitter has positioned himself as a fiscal hawk who rails against... more »
  • Sen. Vitter Dives into Who Dat Controversy Again

    September 20, 2010 1:40 PM

    Senator David Vitter, who stood up to the NFL last winter when they tried to say they owned the term "Who Dat," is again defending Who Dat Nation. A company called "Who Dat?, Inc." claims they now own the phrase "Who Dat." Businesses were told last week to stop selling... more »
  • Vitter and Melancon go Head-to-Head in Acadiana

    September 9, 2010 1:18 AM

    Senator David Vitter and Representative Charlie Melancon faced off Wednesday night at Crowley's historic "Grand Opera House of the South." The event was sponsored by the Crowley Chamber of Commerce and was advertised as a "candidate forum," but what it was, was in itself debated by both Vitter and Melancon... more »
  • Spears To Vitter: Wanna Fight?

    September 8, 2010 7:37 PM

    A very unusual political challenge was fired off today in Lafayette. Candidate for U.S. Senate Mike Spears wants to fight David Vitter. Literally. Far from the stately columns of Washington DC, at a mexican restaurant in Lafayette, Senate Candidate Mike Spears holding a press conference-- telling Senator David Vitter... more »
  • Vitter Leads Melancon in Latest Survey

    September 1, 2010 11:17 AM

    A recent poll of likely Louisiana voters has Incumbent David Vitter (R) leading Charlie Melancon (D) in the U.S. Senate race. The Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of 500 people was conducted on August 30th. The findings show Vitter with 54% support, Melancon with 33%, 5% prefer some other candidate, while... more »
  • Melancon Pressing Vitter To Agree To Debates

    August 31, 2010 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Democrat Charlie Melancon is pressing Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter to agree to a series of five debates around Louisiana before the November election. Melancon says he sent a letter to Vitter on Tuesday requesting the town hall-style forums, without pre-screened questions. No word yet... more »
  • Real-Time Election Results for August 28th

    August 28, 2010 8:36 PM

    Want real-time election results? Click HERE beginning at 8:00, August 28th. NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Some of the campaigns were heated but voter interest appeared light for Saturday's congressional party primaries in Louisiana. The only statewide races were for Senate nominations. Incumbent David Vitter was expected to easily win... more »
  • Congressional Primary This Saturday

    August 26, 2010 12:50 PM

    Louisiana Primary Elections are Saturday August 28. Registered Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians statewide will vote for U.S. Senators and Representatives that will run in the November general election. Polls are open 6:00 am to 8:00 pm. Vote at your regular voting precinct. CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY ELECTION SATURDAY AUGUST 28 STATEWIDE:... more »
  • New Senate Poll Numbers Released

    August 20, 2010 2:26 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A new statewide voter survey shows Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter with a 12-percentage-point edge in a likely November matchup with Democratic challenger Charlie Melancon. Vitter was the choice of 48 percent 1 12½ 11½ 5-5 by Washington-based Clarus Research Group, while 36 percent chose Melancon,... more »
  • Early Voting Numbers

    August 20, 2010 1:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - As the early voting period nears its Saturday end, only a small slice of Louisiana's voters have cast ballots for the congressional party primary elections. The latest tally Friday showed about 18,300 people voting so far in the Aug. 28 primary. That's less than 1... more »
  • Vitter Reports More Than $5M Cash on Hand

    August 16, 2010 8:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter reports having nearly $5.4 million in his campaign coffers in advance of this month's primary election. The Republican is seeking a second term in office. His campaign released its latest round of finance reports Monday, detailing activity from July 1 to... more »
  • Vitter and Melancon Report Fundraising Totals

    August 16, 2010 3:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter reports having nearly $5.4 million in his campaign coffers in advance of this month's primary election, twice as much as his main challenger Charlie Melancon. Melancon reported having $2.2 million on hand in the latest round of finance reports Monday that... more »
  • Vitter, Melancon launch attack ads in Senate race

    August 12, 2010 9:10 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter launched his TV re-election campaign Thursday casting likely Democratic nominee Charlie Melancon as a congressional spendthrift who favors millionaires and illegal immigrants at the expense of working people. Melancon, who aired an ad earlier this week, previewed on Thursday his latest,... more »
  • Feds rule in favor of Vitter, Barbour, Pickering

    August 9, 2010 9:20 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal authorities say there's no reason to believe Louisiana Sen. David Vitter's campaign violated the law by accepting a contribution from a political action committee of Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. Louisiana Democrats claimed the contribution from "Haley's PAC" was really from former Mississippi U.S. Rep. Chip... more »
  • Vitter Accuses Democrats of Bankrolling Challenger

    August 6, 2010 6:34 PM

    Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter is accusing Democrats of bankrolling a GOP challenger to Vitter in the U.S. Senate race. The last-minute entrance of former Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Chet Traylor was a surprise challenge to Vitter in the Aug. 28 primary. Vitter's campaign claims Traylor's candidacy is a ploy... more »
  • Vitter Comments on Judge Blocking Portions of Arizona's Immigration Law

    July 28, 2010 4:11 PM

    U.S. Sen. David Vitter today made the following statement in response to a ruling by a federal judge blocking several key portions of Arizona's new immigration law: "This decision, just like the whole approach by the Obama administration, is outrageous. The Arizona law is simply trying to enforce the laws... more »
  • Vitter Reviving Allegations of Government Death Panels

    July 28, 2010 12:32 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - Reviving allegations of government death panels, Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana is suggesting that an FDA advisory panel's negative recommendation on a contested breast cancer drug amounts to rationing health care. In a statement Wednesday, Vitter said the recommendation on the drug Avastin was "sickening," likening it... more »
  • Vitter's New GOP Challenger Says ABC News Report On Violent Aide Helped Spur Primary Bid

    July 12, 2010 3:36 PM

    The last-minute primary challenger to Louisiana Sen. David Vitter told ABC News he entered the race because of what he describes as a groundswell of concern among Republicans that Vitter may be too damaged by scandal to survive the general election. "I got so many phone calls in... more »
  • 16 To Run For Senate Seat

    July 9, 2010 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Sixteen people have signed up to run for the seat held by Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter, including a former Louisiana Supreme Court justice who's challenging Vitter in the GOP primary. Chet Traylor, from Monroe, was the last candidate to... more »
  • Vitter Has Picked Up A Challenger

    July 9, 2010 11:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter has picked up a little-known Republican challenger who will force the incumbent senator into an August party primary election. Nick Accardo, a Republican doctor from Franklin, signed up for the race Friday. His entry means Vitter will have to win the... more »
  • Senator Vitter Reacts to Aide's Resignation

    July 7, 2010 7:21 PM

    The first day of qualifying for Fall elections started off a little rocky for one candidate. A trusted aide of Senator Vitter resigned this month after ABC news released an investigative report which looked into Brent Furer's past. On Furer's rap sheet an arrest after police said he... more »
  • David Vitter And Charlie Melancon Both Signed Up For The Senate Race

    July 7, 2010 1:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter and his Democratic challenger, Charlie Melancon, have both signed up for the Senate race on the opening day of qualifying. Vitter is seeking a second term, his first time facing voters after a 2007 prostitution scandal. Melancon is leaving a... more »
  • Vitters Long-Time Aide Resigns

    July 1, 2010 7:40 PM

    After years of being overlooked, Senator Vitter's aide--Brent Furer's past finally caught up with him. Furer resigned last week after ABC News released an investigative report, which revealed a long criminal history including a 2008 arrest for attacking his ex girlfriend with a knife, holding her hostage for... more »
  • Vitter Accused of Accepting Illegal Campaign Contributions

    April 22, 2010 2:58 PM

    WASHINGTON (AP) - A Washington ethics watchdog is accusing Sen. David Vitter of accepting illegal campaign contributions from a California dry cleaning company that wanted federal stimulus money. Questions have swirled around a fundraiser Vitter held with executives of U.S. Dry Cleaning Corp. since The Times-Picayune reported recently that company... more »
  • Vitter Continues To Outpace Melancon In Fundraising

    April 15, 2010 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter continues to outpace his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Charlie Melancon, in fundraising for this fall's Senate race, with Vitter again raking in twice as much campaign cash in the most recent reporting period. Vitter raised $1.1 million in the first... more »
  • Stormy Daniels Decides Not to Run

    April 15, 2010 11:55 AM

    Press Release: Today, Stormy Daniels issued the following statement announcing her decision on whether to run for United States Senate from Louisiana: “ Over the past year, since the inception of the “Draft Stormy” movement I have been fortunate and at times saddened to receive a crash education... more »
  • Stormy Should Make Decision on Senate Soon

    March 30, 2010 2:45 PM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The deadline day for filing federal tax returns also will be the day Louisiana-born porn star Stormy Daniels announces whether she will run for the Senate seat held by David Vitter. Brian Welsh, her political spokesman, said in an email Tuesday that Daniels will make her... more »
  • Vitter Offers Amendments To Reconciliation Bill

    March 24, 2010 6:42 PM

    From Senator Vitter's Office: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today offered the following amendments to the Senate's health care reconciliation bill. The first of several amendments offered by Vitter would provide for comprehensive prescription drug reform and allow for the reimportation of prescription medicines. "If we are truly serious about health... more »
  • David Vitter Files Bill to Repeal Health Care Bill

    March 22, 2010 2:47 PM

    From David Vitter's Office: U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced legislation that would repeal the newly-passed government-run health care bill. “Last night, against the will of the American people, liberals passed a bill to take over our health care system. This partisan bill – which... more »
  • Senator Vitter Announces Bridge Grants For Cameron and Iberia

    February 12, 2010 3:55 PM

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced the award of three grants for bridge restoration projects in Southwest Louisiana. Cameron Parish received a $930,919 grant for the West Big Burn Bridge Restoration project to create a new water control structure that will restore approximately 10,000... more »
  • Vitter challenges NFL with "Who Dat" T-shirts

    February 11, 2010 12:37 PM

    In light of the recent "Who Dat" logo controversy, Senator David Vitter has printed up his own "Who Dat" shirt. To read Senator Vitter's original story CLICK HERE , to purchase the T-shirt CLICK HERE .
  • Senator Vitter Blocks Nominee For Baton Rouge Court

    January 7, 2010 1:55 PM

    WASHINGTON - A federal judgeship in Baton Rouge remains unfilled because U.S. Sen. David Vitter hasn't given his support to the nominee. The nomination of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian Jackson to become U.S. district judge in the Baton Rouge division of the U.S. Middle District of Louisiana is... more »
  • David Vitter's amendment to prevent restricting mammograms

    December 2, 2009 1:31 PM

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today introduced an amendment to the Senate health care bill that would prevent the new United States Preventive Service Task Force recommendations from restricting mammograms for women. In November, the USPSTF released a series of recommendations that stand in stark contrast to common-held... more »
  • Coastal Impact Grant Awarded to Vermiliion Parish

    December 1, 2009 12:10 PM

    (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today announced the awarding of a $217,782 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grant to Vermilion Parish for Shoreline Protection on Southwest Point at Southwest Pass. "This grant will add to the important coastal and wetlands restoration in Vermillion Parish, and - as all... more »
  • Vitter to appear on GMA / Health Care Roundtable

    November 23, 2009 1:48 PM

    Vitter to Health Care Roundtable in Lafayette Participants discuss the new Senate health care bill and its impact on Louisianians (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter will host a health care roundtable in Lafayette at the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce (804 East Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette)... more »
  • Flood Walls for E. Broussard Elementary

    November 11, 2009 12:25 PM

    Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Randy Schexnayder is taking his mission to Washington DC. Today, he met with Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter to try to get FEMA funds to build a flood wall for E. Broussard Elementary in Forked Island. After four years of no recess equipment for students,... more »
  • Vitter to Visit St. Martinville Factory

    September 28, 2009 8:03 AM

    Senator David Vitter will be in Acadiana today. He'll be visiting a factory in St. Martinville that's recognized by the state for building energy efficient homes. Vitter should arrive in St. Martinville at about 8:30 this morning (Monday, September 28).
  • Vitter Issues Statement Remembering Hurricane Rita

    September 24, 2009 12:06 PM

    Vitter Issues Statement Remembering Hurricane Rita (Washington, D.C.) - U.S. Sen. David Vitter today issued the following statement recognizing the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Rita: "In the aftermath of Hurricane Rita, the people of southwest Louisiana showed their strength and resolve. Four years later, the recovery process continues in many... more »

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