Kaine: 'Wonder why' Virginia gov didn't get same drilling commitment as Fla. gov
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineSave lives, restore congressional respect by strengthening opioids’ seizure Overnight Finance: Lawmakers, Treasury look to close tax law loopholes | Trump says he backs gas tax hike | Markets rise despite higher inflation | Fannie Mae asks for .7B Bipartisan Senate group says they have immigration deal MORE (D-Va.) on Tuesday questioned why the Trump administration decided to exclude Florida from its plan for expanded offshore drilling without also excluding Virginia.

Kaine responded to a report that the administration was "bowing to pressure" from Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R), saying it denied a similar request from outgoing Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) to ban such oil drilling.

"Virginia’s governor (and governor-elect) have made this same request, but we have not received the same commitment. Wonder why..." Kaine wrote.

Kaine's comment came shortly after Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeGOP lawmakers: Obama admin ‘hastily’ wrote lead ammunition ban Ex-Interior chief ribs Zinke over ‘secretarial flag’ Trump, Pence to address CPAC this week MORE announced the government would ban drilling off Florida's coast until 2024. 

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Zinke, who proposed the new plan to increase the offshore oil and gas permit program, indicated that his decision came after speaking with Scott on Tuesday.

The news quickly led to Democratic officials from other areas calling on the administration to similarly exclude their states from the plan.

California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraCourt rules Energy Dept. must implement Obama efficiency rules California secession supporters file new initiative Overnight Finance: Breaking down Trump's budget | White House finally releases infrastructure plan | Why it faces a tough road ahead | GOP, Dems feud over tax-cut aftermath | Markets rebound MORE (D) said his state should be exempted along with Florida, tweeting, "Our 'local and state voice' is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling." New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) also asked where his state could secure such a "waiver."