I urge my colleagues to reject S. 3711, the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leasing bill. Even if you support the lifting of the OCS oil and gas leasing moratoria and greater drilling in American Coastal waters, this measure should not be considered under suspension of the rules, a procedure which bars amendments and limits debates to only 20 minutes per side during the last week of a lame duck session of Congress.

This measure, which is limited to oil and gas leasing in the Gulf of Mexico, also hardly constitutes comprehensive energy legislation to deal with the price of motor fuels and natural gas. It is a “bumper sticker