By Molly K. Hooper - 06/19/10 10:02 AM EDT
Republicans pulled no punches attacking President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaMellman: Parsing the polls LA mayor: 'Donald Trump will not win California' Moulistas: Sanders's socialist coup MORE and Democrats' handling of the Gulf Coast oil spill in their weekly radio address on Saturday.
GOP Mississippi Sen. Roger WickerRoger WickerGOP senators: Obama bathroom guidance is 'not appropriate' Senate Republicans ask Trump to soften his tone Immigration groups bring taco bowls to GOP lawmakers MORE delivered the address in which he contended that “many” of the president’s “actions have actually taken us in the wrong direction.”
“The administration’s moratorium on deepwater drilling has the potential to become the third wave of this disaster,” Wicker said.
Wicker also went after the two top-ranking Democratic congressional leaders for pushing a raise in oil cleanup funds.
“Democrats plan to increase oil cleanup fees and raid those funds to pay for unrelated programs. These funds are needed to clean up spills, not to satisfy Senator Reid and Speaker Pelosi’s desire to raise federal spending,” Wicker said.
An aide for Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) responded to Wicker’s attack in kind.
"While Democrats in Congress are working to ensure that the federal government has the adequate resources to respond to this catastrophe, Republicans in Congress are apologizing to BP and blocking legislation to strengthen the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund. We will continue to push for this legislation and ensure that BP is held responsible for this disaster and taxpayers are protected,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill responded in a statement to The Hill.
The Mississippi senator wrapped his remarks by encouraging people to visit the beaches of the Gulf Coast because in addition to the ecological damage the ongoing oil spill has caused, it has hit the region’s economy particularly hard.
“But what we in the Gulf states really need is to have our way of life back. We want our jobs back, our economy back, and we need our tourists back. So please come and visit us. You deserve a vacation, and we could use the business.”