Louisiana Democratic Party Releases New Video: “Vitter’s Homework”

BATON ROUGE — As Sen. David Vitter prepares to tour the state to stoke his gubernatorial ambitions, the Louisiana Democratic Party today released a video of “highlights” from his Baton Rouge Press Club appearance, in which he admitted he still needed to do more “homework” on critical state issues.

“Louisiana needs a governor who has the experience and know-how to do the job on day one — not someone who has been running for the office for months, but still hasn’t done his ‘homework’ to know where he stands on issues like the state budget, Common Core or the levee board lawsuit,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “Vitter’s disregard for the issues facing this state isn’t surprising. He’d much rather campaign than do the hard work of governing. In that regard, he’s very much like his Republican friend and colleague, Bobby Jindal. The voters of Louisiana should send Vitter and Jindal to detention for remedial coursework in Government 101.”

WATCH “VITTER’S HOMEWORK”: http://youtu.be/RbYIKsEuSes

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Louisiana Democratic Party Statement on Vitter’s Appearance at Baton Rouge Press Club

BATON ROUGE — The least effective member of the U.S. Senate, David Vitter spoke at the Baton Rouge Press Club today and admitted he still needed to do more “homework” on issues like the state budget, Common Core and the levee board lawsuit.

“Our junior senator took some shots at the governor for campaigning for higher office, but he’s doing the same thing — ignoring his current job, as he positions himself to run for another gig,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “David Vitter is Exhibit A of why Washington doesn’t work — he voted to shut down the government, and he’s held up important legislation time and time again.

“On the issue of Medicaid expansion, we welcome the senator to the conversation about covering more than 240,000 uninsured Louisianians. It’s a shame that he waited until after session to make his opinions known — his voice would have been a welcome one during Senator Ben Nevers’ committee hearing on his constitutional amendment. Just as he’s been working the phones for Congressman Scalise’s leadership run, we hope he’s been working the phones on this issue, too. If he’s truly serious, we hope he will urge the governor and his legislative allies to call a special session to expand access to affordable health care.”

“Ultimately, Louisianians need a governor that is ready to do the job now, someone who has been fighting back against the devastating policies of our current governor, not someone who still needs to do his ‘homework.’”

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Vitter’s Anti-Woman Record Grows, Votes Against Burwell as HHS Secretary

Vitter Also Voted Against Clinton, McCarthy and Yellen

BATON ROUGE — In just the latest example of his hostility to women leaders, Sen. David Vitter today voted against the confirmation of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to become Secretary of Health and Human Services, despite bipartisan support for Burwell’s appointment.

“David Vitter’s record on supporting women nominees to top Cabinet posts is dismal,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “He voted against Sylvia Mathews Burwell, even though she lined up support from noted conservatives like Tom Coburn. It’s just another instance in a pattern of disturbing behavior from our junior U.S. senator.”

Burwell has served as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, and she is a veteran of the Clinton White House. The final vote on Burwell’s confirmation was 78-17.

Vitter was one of two senators to vote against the confirmation of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In addition, Vitter voted against confirming Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, the first woman to lead the Fed.

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Sen. David Vitter Votes Against Increasing the Minimum Wage

Nonpartisan Report Found More Than 550,000 Louisianians Would Benefit from Increase to $10.10 an Hour

BATON ROUGE — Sen. David Vitter today voted to block a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, legislation that would benefit more than half a million Louisiana workers, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Louisiana Budget Project.

“Today’s vote by David Vitter is yet another example of how he has consistently put partisan politics ahead of what’s best for Louisiana,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “Whether it’s voting against equal pay legislation or blocking a bill that would mean an immediate raise for nearly 360,000 Louisianians, Vitter has shown time and time again that he is on the side of corporate special interests — not Louisiana families.”

Today Vitter voted with nearly all of his Senate Republican colleagues to block the Minimum Wage Fairness Act.

Earlier this month Vitter joined with Senate Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

The Louisiana Budget Project report found that almost 360,000 Louisiana workers would be directly impacted by a minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour, and more than 190,000 workers would be indirectly impacted. The report also found that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would create an estimated 3,300 jobs and pump $689 million into the state’s economy.

In Louisiana, nearly 62 percent of the workers who would benefit from an increased minimum wage are women. More than 300,000 Louisiana children live in a household with at least one parent that would be positively impacted by a minimum wage of $10.10 an hour.

Sen. David Vitter Votes Against Equal Pay Legislation… Again

BATON ROUGE — Despite the fact that Louisiana ranks 50th in the nation for pay equity, U.S. Sen. David Vitter today stood in the way of progress and voted against equal pay legislation yet again.

“It’s shameful that David Vitter is standing in the way of paycheck fairness, while Louisiana women earn 67 cents for every dollar a Louisiana man makes,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “Louisiana families can’t afford someone in the governor’s mansion who won’t fight for equal pay for equal work.”

Today Vitter joined with Senate Republicans to block the Paycheck Fairness Act.

In 2009, Vitter voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored protections against pay discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion and disability.

According to the AAUW, Louisiana ranks 50th in pay equity, with Louisiana women earning an average of $31,586 annually compared to $47,249 by Louisiana men.

Equal Pay Day Highlights Louisiana’s Disastrous Ranking and Vitter’s Equally Disastrous Record on Pay Equity

BATON ROUGE — On Equal Pay Day, lawmakers and activists are highlighting Louisiana’s second-worst in the nation ranking on pay equity — a shameful fact that Sen. David Vitter would do nothing to correct, given his record of voting against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

“This week the U.S. Senate will take up equal pay legislation, and Sen. Mary Landrieu has been a champion on this issue,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “Unfortunately, our junior senator has failed to stand up for Louisiana women. Vitter’s disastrous record on equal pay means that Louisiana women will fall further behind. When Louisiana women earn just 67 cents for every dollar a Louisiana man makes, we can’t afford to have someone in the governor’s mansion who won’t fight for us.”

In 2009, Vitter voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored protections against pay discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion and disability.

According to the AAUW, Louisiana ranks 50th in pay equity, with Louisiana women earning an average of $31,586 annually compared to $47,249 by Louisiana men. The gender pay gap is worst in Louisiana’s Third Congressional District, where women earn 60 cents on the dollar compared to men.

With His Super PAC Under Investigation, Vitter Lauds Koch Brothers as “Patriotic Americans”

BATON ROUGE — In the same week that watchdog groups asked the Federal Election Commission to investigate his super PAC for possible solicitation of illegal contributions, Sen. David Vitter lauded billionaire donors Charles and David Koch as “two of the most patriotic Americans in the history of the Earth.”

“David Vitter thinks that being a political sugar daddy with an anti-Louisiana agenda makes you some kind of freedom fighter,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “Of course, Vitter also thinks Louisiana is holding an auction, not an election, so his warm embrace of the Koch brothers is hardly surprising. Louisiana voters don’t want more money in politics, and they certainly don’t want out-of-state billionaires coming into our state and trying to buy a governor.”

Vitter’s super PAC, the Fund for Louisiana’s Future, is fighting to overturn Louisiana’s $100,000 cap on individual contributions to political action committees.

The Koch brothers’ dark-money group, Americans for Prosperity, recently fought against flood insurance reform, which will prevent devastating premium hikes for nearly 500,000 Louisiana homeowners. AFP is also trying to stop Louisiana from accepting billions in federal Medicaid funding to expand access to affordable health insurance.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has listed Vitter as one of its Most Corrupt Members of Congress.

On Fifth Anniversary of Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, Vitter’s Record on Women’s Issues Troubling

BATON ROUGE — Jan. 29 is the fifth anniversary of President Barack Obama signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law, and it is also a reminder that David Vitter voted against this legislation, as well as many women appointees, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

“David Vitter’s record on women’s issues is extremely troubling,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “During last night’s State of the Union address, one of the biggest applause lines was for pay equity, but Vitter apparently believes corporations should be allowed to pay a woman less for doing the same job as a man.”

In 2009, Vitter voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which restored protections against pay discrimination based on sex, race, national origin, age, religion and disability.

Another example of Vitter’s anti-women record was his vote against a 2009 amendment by Sen. Al Franken that that withholds defense contracts from companies like Halliburton if they restrict their employees from taking workplace sexual assault, battery and discrimination cases to court.

“Vitter had the chance to stand up for women who have been sexually assaulted, and he chose instead to stand up for Halliburton,” said Handwerk. “Corporations were trying to stop their employees from reporting sexual violence, and Vitter decided to side with the corporations against rape victims. Vitter has a truly disturbing pattern of anti-women votes, and this is one of the most troubling examples.”

Vitter’s record also includes frequent votes against women appointees, including the following nominees:

“If it were up to Vitter, the glass ceiling in Washington would be reinforced plexiglass,” said Handwerk.

Vitter Super PAC Wants More Money in Louisiana Politics

Vitter Super PAC Wants More Money in Louisiana Politics

Fund for Louisiana’s Future Fighting $100,000 Contribution Limit, Threatening Lawsuit

BATON ROUGE — A super PAC backing David Vitter’s run for governor is working behind the scenes to ensure corporate special interests have even greater sway in Louisiana elections by fighting to end the state’s $100,000 limit on individual donations.

“If you think there isn’t nearly enough money in Louisiana politics, then David Vitter is the candidate for you,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Executive Director Stephen Handwerk. “His super PAC lawyers are trying every tactic they can imagine to help Vitter’s corporate special interest donors dump millions into the effort to install him in the governor’s mansion.”

The Fund for Louisiana’s Future, a super PAC run by D.C. lawyer Charlie Spies that is supporting Vitter, petitioned the Louisiana Board of Ethics to rule the state’s $100,000 contribution max unconstitutional, a decision the board declined to take last week. During his remarks to the board, Spies raised the threat of a federal lawsuit and hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees to be paid by Louisiana taxpayers.

The board responded that Spies should take the issue up with the state legislature and lobby to repeal the law, but lawmakers are unlikely to support such legislation. Fellow Republican state Sen. Jody Amedee told the Times-Picayune, “I cannot imagine why someone who need to donate more than $100,000.”

The Fund for Louisiana’s Future has already raised $1.5 million with the $100,000 limit.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has listed Vitter as one of its Most Corrupt Members of Congress.

Senator Shutdown Announces Run for Louisiana Governor

Senator Shutdown Announces Run for Louisiana Governor

Sen. David Vitter Planning to Bring D.C. Shutdown-Style Politics to Louisiana

BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana Democratic Party released the following statement from Chair Karen Carter Peterson on today’s announcement that Sen. David Vitter plans to run for governor in 2015:

“We welcome the senator to the race and wish him well as he attempts to persuade Louisiana voters to give him a promotion — despite his record of ineptitude and obstruction,” said Louisiana Democratic Party Chair Karen Carter Peterson. “David Vitter as governor would mean more of the shutdown-style politics that Republicans have perfected in D.C., and there has been no bigger failure in the U.S. Senate than David Vitter.

“Louisiana is facing major challenges because of the damage Bobby Jindal has done to education and health care in our state, and Louisiana needs a governor that is willing to work across the aisle and get things done. Our junior senator does not fit the bill of someone who wants to put Louisiana first.”

Vitter’s record of obstructionism includes the following:

Vitter has not only derailed important legislation; he has failed to advance any legislation of his own. In a Congress noted for its inaction on issues critical for middle-class families, Vitter exceeds every other member of Congress in ineptitude. The Brookings Institute analyzed U.S. Representatives and Senators for their legislative effectiveness, ala “Moneyball,” and found that Vitter had introduced the highest number of bills last year — 61. At the same time, exactly zero of those bills has emerged from committee, giving Vitter a .000 “batting average.”