As the 113th Congress convenes, Senator Vitter has been named to a high ranking position. Vitter will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the upcoming Water Resources Development Act, levees, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and the upcoming highway bill. Vitter was also named as a Deputy Whip, which is part of the leadership team.

Vitter says these committees have direct impact on issues of vital interest to the people of Louisiana:

My increasing influence on the Environment and Public Works Committee will be particularly important as I work for critical water and coastal resources for Louisiana while continuing the fight to roll back the stifling EPA regulations that threaten to cripple our energy economy.

Vitter has also served on the Small Business Committee and will be the second-highest Republican with the highest seniority as he continues to serve on that committee. He's also a member of the Armed Services Committee, which he says "has significant implications for vital military installations at Barksdale, Ft. Polk and Belle Chasse." And Vitter serves on the Banking, Housing, Urban Affairs Committee, which he says "allows me to continue as a leading voice opposing any and all bailouts, ending ‘too big to fail,’ and reforming the Federal Housing Administration.”

Meanwhile, Vitter is holding an Open House Tuesday, January 8 at his new Lafayette Office on 2201 Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 201. The new Lafayette office opened last month. "I’m excited to introduce Louisianians to my new Lafayette office and let them know we are here to assist with federal agencies like the Veterans Administration, Social Security Administration, getting your Medicare and Medicaid or even getting your passport.” Vitter said. “This open house will give folks a chance to meet me and my staff, and a good opportunity for me to hear about the issues most important to people in Louisiana.”

Vitter has staff available in each regional office Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. to assist with problems constituents may be experiencing with a federal agency.

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