As you know, I enjoy hosting town hall meetings. In fact, I've been hosting regular town hall meetings all over the state since I was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2004.
Last week, while Congress was home for its district work period, I hosted six town hall meetings in Webster, Natchitoches, Avoyelles, Jefferson Davis, Iberia and Lafourche Parishes. And although I visited different parishes in different regions of Louisiana, three issues dominated the discussions: spending, debt and rising gas prices.
If Washington stays on this reckless path, it will kill our economy. Every man, woman and child in this country right now has $45,000 worth of debt on the federal level. We need a spending straitjacket for Congress. That's why I'm coauthoring a bill to require Congress to present a balanced budget each year.
At the town hall meetings, I also discussed how I'm using every tool I have to fight this Obama de facto moratorium on domestic energy production in the Gulf – including my decision to block President Barack Obama's Interior Department nominee, Dan Ashe, until the administration issues at least 15 deepwater drilling permits.
With the unrest in the Middle East and the Obama administration's determination to halt all production of traditional energy, I fear we are very close to $4.00 a gallon gas in the near future. Louisianians are incredibly frustrated by this because we can prevent that by harnessing our own vast natural resources.
I'm working on bill that will do just that and will continue to fight the wrongheaded energy and spending policies in Washington.
United States Senator
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