In contrast to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) lukewarm response to President Obama's drilling announcement today, House Majority Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) is full embracing the plan.

A release from his office:

“Today’s announcement will help create jobs and strengthen our national security as we move away from foreign sources of oil.  Andrews Air Force Base was a fitting setting for today’s remarks, because enhancing our energy independence is critical to our national security.  One of the most significant things we can do to bolster our security is to free ourselves from relying on other nations for oil, by increasing domestic production, reducing consumption, and developing alternatives.  The plan put forward today will help us determine what resources are available to us, and how to appropriately tap into those resources, keeping in mind the need to protect our environment. The Obama Administration’s plan is another key step as we move toward energy independence.”