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Despite ‘Clout,’ Sen. Landrieu Fails to Get Offshore Drilling Bills Out of Committee


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despite-clout-sen-landrieu-fails-to-get-offshore-drilling-bills-out-of-committeeFree Beacon:

Democratic incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) has been unable to advance three pieces of legislation that would expand offshore drilling in her home state, despite assurances that increasing revenue sharing from energy production is her “number one goal.”


Currently there is a $500 million annual limit on the amount of revenue from offshore production that Gulf States can share. A 2006 law, cosponsored by Landrieu, allowed states to begin sharing revenues in 2017, allotting 37.5 percent for Gulf States, including Louisiana.


Rep. Bill Cassidy (La.), Landrieu’s Republican challenger for her senate race this fall, cosponsored legislation that would lift the cap to $1 billion, and require the Secretary of Interior to begin leasing at least 50 percent of offshore lands available for production. Currently 85 percent of federal offshore acreage is “inaccessible” for drilling, due to moratoriums and reluctance by the government to issue permits.Scissors-32x32.png

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Louisiana GOP files ethics complaint against Sen. Mary Landrieu over use of tax dollars for campaign expenses


Louisiana Republicans want Sen. Mary Landrieu investigated for violating campaign finance laws by using taxpayer dollars to charter flights for campaign events.


“As a taxpayer who resides in the state of Louisiana, I am disappointed that my senator would feel entitled to act above the law by using my tax dollars to fund her re-election campaign,” Jason Doré, executive director of the Republican Party of Louisiana, wrote in a formal complaint filed Tuesday with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Ethics, requesting an investigation into the matter. Scissors-32x32.png



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