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Landrieu backs move to block Obama nominee

4 years ago February 17, 2011 Feb 17, 2011 Thursday, February 17 2011 Thursday, February 17, 2011 4:01:42 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's senior senator is supporting her colleague's move to place a hold on President Obama's nominee to head the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service until the Interior Department begins issuing drilling permits.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. David Vitter, R-La., placed a hold on Dan Ashe's nomination.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Wednesday that she supported the move and the state's delegation would continue to apply pressure on the administration to end "what amounts to an ongoing moratorium on oil and gas drilling that is costing Louisiana thousands of jobs."

Vitter said he planned to block the nomination until Interior issues at least 15 deepwater exploration well permits for the Gulf of Mexico and complies with his earlier requests for answers about delays in the process.

Landrieu said since the April 20 oil spill, Interior has issued just one exploratory permit and no new deepwater drilling permits.

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