Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is still questioning why the U.S. government funds Brazil and Columbia for generating crude. "U.S. domestic energy policy cannot be based on crippling access, stifling permitting, and increasing taxes on production -- as President [Barack] Obama has recently proposed -- while at the same time loaning billions to foreign government-owned entities to produce abroad," Vitter said. "These loans may well create numerous jobs domestically for U.S. businesses to sell product overseas," he added.

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