U.S. Senator David Vitter announced his U.S. Senate committee assignment for the 113th Congress. Vitter will take over as the top ranking Republican on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, which has jurisdiction over the upcoming Water Resources Development Act, levees, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Environment Protection Agency, and the upcoming highway bill. Vitter was also named as a Deputy Whip, which is part of the leadership team. "I'm excited about the opportunity to continue my service on each of these committees that have direct impact on issues of vital interest to Louisianians," said Vitter. "My increasing influence on the Environment and Public Works Committee will be particularly important as I work for critical water and coastal resources for Louisiana while continuing the fight to roll back the stifling EPA regulations that threaten to cripple our energy economy." Vitter will also continue his service on the Small Business Committee, where he will be the second-highest ranking Republican with the highest seniority, the Armed Services Committee, and the Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee. In addition to my work on the EPW Committee, I'm looking forward to continuing my service on the Armed Services Committee, which has significant implications for vital military installations at Barksdale, Ft. Polk and Belle Chasse," said Vitter. "Remaining on the Banking committee allows me to continue as a leading voice opposing any and all bailouts, ending ‘too big to fail,' and reforming the Federal Housing Administration."