Facing a tough re-election bid and looking to keep energy jobs, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Mary Landrieu, Louisiana Democrat, worked with Citgo to put a hold on a set of sanctions against Venezuela last week, Politico reported.
Citgo, the wholly owned U.S. subsidiary of Venezuelan state oil company Petróleos de Venezuela, voiced concerns via email that the proposed sanctions against human rights abusers would hinder supplies of crude oil to a Louisiana refinery. The company warned that could mean job losses for the state.
Ms. Landrieu’s office confirmed that she played a role in halting the package. She has aimed to prove to voters that her energy chairmanship benefits Louisiana as she faces a formidable challenge from Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.