Kaine: 'Wonder why' Virginia gov didn't get same drilling commitment as Fla. gov
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms 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 ZinkeOvernight Energy: Political appointee taking over as Interior IG | Change comes amid Zinke probe | White Houses shelves coal, nuke bailout plan | Top Dem warns coal export proposal hurts military Top House Armed Services Dem says Trump coal export plan could hurt military HUD political appointee to replace Interior Department inspector general 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 BecerraOvernight Energy: US greenhouse gas emissions fell in Trump's first year | EPA delays decision on science rule | Trump scolds California over wildfires EPA puts science ‘transparency’ rule on back burner Public charge rule is a cruel attack on children 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."