Kaine: 'Wonder why' Virginia gov didn't get same drilling commitment as Fla. gov
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Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineDemocrats face increasing pressure to back smaller COVID-19 stimulus Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Grassley tests positive for coronavirus 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: Interior shortlist puts focus on New Mexico lawmakers | Progressives criticize Biden transition over volunteer who represented Exxon | Trump DOJ appointees stalled investigation into Zinke: report Trump DOJ appointees stalled investigation into Zinke: report GOP Rep. Greg Gianforte wins Montana governor's race 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 BecerraBiden picks first Latino to lead Homeland Security House Hispanic Republicans welcome four new members Favorites emerge as Latino leaders press Biden to appoint 5 Hispanics to Cabinet 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."