Vitter: Geithner Out of Touch on Moratorium’s Cost to Louisianians
Stunned by Treasury Secretary's statements at Louisiana economic development event
(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Sen. David today issued the following statement in reaction to Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner’s remarks at an economic development luncheon with members of the Louisiana delegation and other Louisiana officials and business owners.
“I was frankly stunned by President Obama’s Treasury Secretary’s opening remarks that claimed that the state of oil and gas was ‘very good,’ and a few seconds later: ‘We need to make sure Washington doesn’t get in the way.’
“What is more frustrating is that the Louisiana Chamber of Commerce-type members moderating the event wouldn’t put any tough questions to him, including on the topic of Obama shutting down drilling. My written question (ignored by Chamber moderators) referred to his opening remarks and whether he really believed the state of oil and gas was ‘very good’ and that his boss wasn’t ‘getting in the way’ of keeping and growing good energy jobs.
“If he does, what planet does he live on?” said Vitter.