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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 08:02
Landrieu's Rookie Week in Energy Committee; Presidential Vacations
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landrieu-tea-partyEnergy chair’s agenda
    Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, the state’s senior senator, is now in full command of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, a key post  for the Pelican state’s oil and gas industry.

    She outlined her short-term committee goals to reporters last week, noting that she expects her next hearing to focus on “the reliability and the security of the electric grid.”
    Landrieu said the hearing will touch on a recent Wall Street Journal story detailing an unreleased Federal Energy and Regulatory Commission (FERC) report that said attackers could cause a “coast-to-coast blackout” for weeks or months by disabling just nine strategically located substations across the country.  
    Several lawmakers criticized the Journal for writing about the report. “It’s both the security – what should be public and what shouldn’t – and the reliability of the grid,” Landrieu said.
    She then expects to turn her focus to increasing production in the Gulf of Mexico. “We’re going to do a deep dive on researching, streamlining, permitting, getting drilling rig counts up, fast-tracking some of these permits, etc.,” Landrieu stated.
    The chairwoman also said she hopes to move forward with legislation to funnel a greater portion of revenues from oil and gas production to energy-producing states.

Media madness?
    The media is often criticized for being biased and/or inaccurate, and rightly so. We at the Fax-Net always try to be factual and objective, although we may slip up once in a while.
    But what caught our eye was Glenn Beck’s website where he said, “Mr. President, stop going on vacation.” He also intimated that the president should not have made the trip to Europe to meet with the leaders of other countries because it was too expensive to do so.
    But what Mr. Beck did not point out is that former Republican President George W. Bush holds the record for the most modern-day presidential vacation days.
    An impartial study done in August 2013 compared the vacation days taken by President Obama and former President Bush at the same point in their two-terms in office.
    President Obama had taken 96 total days of vacation, compared to 335 days taken by former President Bush. At the same point in his second term, former President Bill Clinton had taken 84 days of vacation.
    I wonder why Mr. Beck failed to mention that. It’s that kind of bias that has the American public so skeptical of reporters of the news these days.
    When you get right down to it, no president is ever on “vacation.” He is on 24-hour call and must be kept abreast of all developments taking place at home and abroad.

The dreaded ‘L Word’
    The ratings are out on Louisiana’s Congressional delegation revealing just how liberal – or conservative – each member is compared to the rest of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
    The study was done by the National Journal, a non-partisan and respected publication in Washington, D.C., looking at key votes made in 2013.
    Here are the rankings:
    *U.S.  Sen.  Mary  Landrieu (D) – 44th  most  liberal  out of 100 senators, or the 56th most conservative.
    *U.S. Sen. David Vitter (R) – 88th most liberal out of 100 senators, or the 12th most conservative.
    * U.S. Rep. John Fleming (R-4th District) – 26th most liberal out of 435 representatives, or 406th most conservative.
    * U.S. Rep. Steve  Scalise  (R-1st District) – 427th most liberal, or 4th most conservative.
    *U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-2nd District ) – 170th most liberal, or 262nd most conservative.
    *U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany (R-3rd District) – 279th most liberal, or 152nd most conservative.
    *U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander (R-5th District) – 243rd most liberal, or 189th most conservative.  He is no longer a member of Congress.
    *U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-6th District) – 381st most liberal, or 49th most conservative.
    If that is a bit confusing, here are the rankings put another way.  Of the votes studied...
    Landrieu cast liberal votes 58% of the time.
    Vitter’s liberal votes -- 14%.
    Fleming’s liberal votes – 13%.
    Scalise’s liberal votes – 6%.
    Richmond’s liberal votes – 62%.
    Boustany’s liberal votes – 32%.
    Alexanders’s liberal votes 40%.
    Cassidy’s liberal votes – 16%.

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