Kaine: 'Wonder why' Virginia gov didn't get same drilling commitment as Fla. gov
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael Kaine'Granite Express' flight to take staffers, journalists to NH after Iowa caucuses Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson — Senate panel approves Trump FDA pick | Biden downplays Dem enthusiasm around 'Medicare for All' | Trump officials unveil program for free HIV prevention drugs for uninsured Trump's FDA nominee approved by Senate panel 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: House Science Committee hits EPA with subpoenas | California sues EPA over Trump revoking emissions waiver | Interior disbands board that floated privatization at national parks Interior disbands advisory board that floated privatization at national parks Overnight Energy: Senate eyes nixing 'forever chemicals' fix from defense bill | Former Obama EPA chief named CEO of green group | Senate reviews Interior, FERC nominees criticized on ethics 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 BecerraCalifornia recovers M from auto parts makers' in bid rigging settlement Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Facebook unveils market research app that pays users to take surveys 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."