Vitter urges Obama to press forward with new drilling projects

Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) urged President Barack Obama to press forward with plans to expand offshore oil and gas drilling.

Vitter said that the administration shouldn't back off its plans to allow increased energy exploration despite the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has spilled onto his home state of Louisiana.

"I don't think that there's any argument that we should just start shutting down activity now, or even start shutting down new activity that's planned," Vitter said Sunday during an appearance on Fox News. "Clearly there have got to be changes made because of this incident. But we certainly shouldn't start shutting things down."

The administration has sent signals, most prominently by White House senior advisor David Axelrod during an appearance Friday on "Good Morning America," that it would halt starts on new exploration projects until an investigation into the causes of the current spill could be completed.

"I think that was the wrong approach," Vitter said, adding that it was his belief that the president itself had walked back that pause on new drilling to some extent.

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