Mary Landrieu made a lot of disgruntled noise about the Commerce Department revoking an $80 million grant to Louisiana to provide broadband service to rural areas. Because obviously, according to Landrieu the government needs to be in the business of providing high speed internet when the companies who’s business it is to actually do the work don’t see it as a positive cost-benefit situation. Sure, people in those areas would benefit from access to high speed internet, but is that really a basic infrastructure need that the government should be subsidizing in direct competition with existing private companies? I say no.
David Vitter expressed his displeasure with Obama delaying a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline until after the 2012 election. There weren’t any other really noteworthy events or votes this week in the Senate.
House of Representatives
The House was not in session this week for votes. Steve Scalise and Cedric Richmond had a quiet week in their respective committees. One thing of note was Scalise going off on the Christmas Tree tax, which I discussed here.