Lawmakers sending letter to Zinke to oppose offshore drilling

Lawmakers sending letter to Zinke to oppose offshore drilling
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Two Florida lawmakers are teaming up to oppose the Trump administration's proposed plan to expand offshore drilling around the state, citing the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenGOP lawmaker tells party to stop focusing on 'white, male conservative' voters ‘Wake up, dudes’ — gender gap confounds GOP women Florida New Members 2019 MORE (R-Fla.) announced Thursday evening on Twitter that she would join Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonMcCaskill: 'Too many embarrassing uncles' in the Senate Bill Nelson uses farewell address to remind colleagues ‘no one person is above the law’ Coal supporter Manchin named top Dem on Senate Energy Committee MORE's (D-Fla.) letter to Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOvernight Energy — Sponsored by the National Biodiesel Board — Trump EPA to roll out plan for fighting lead exposure | Top Interior lawyer once said women shouldn't be NFL referees | California moving toward electric bus fleet by 2040 Top lawyer at Interior once said women shouldn’t be NFL referees because they PMS Alaska oil and gas lease sale nets .5 million MORE opposing any expansion of offshore drilling in Florida after the administration said it would sharply expand offshore drilling.

"Signed @SenBillNelson letter to @SecretaryZinke @Interior opposing any opening of #Florida to offshore drilling in order to prevent a disaster similar to the #DeepwaterHorizon spill," Ros-Lehtinen wrote on Twitter. "I hope many more #Florida members join!"

Nelson attacked the Trump administration's decision in a Twitter post earlier Thursday, vowing to defeat any plans to expand drilling in Florida.

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"This plan is an assault on Florida’s economy, our national security, the will of the public, and the environment. This proposal defies all common sense and I will do everything I can to defeat it," Nelson tweeted.

Nelson has vowed to use the Congressional Review Act (CRA) to block the Trump administration from changing Obama-era guidelines on oil rig inspections put in place after the Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010 that killed 11 people and sent at least 4.9 million barrels of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico.

“The BP spill devastated my state's economy and 11 people lost their lives,” Nelson said on the Senate floor Wednesday. “That's why I plan to subject this misguided rule to the Congressional Review Act.”

Any use of the CRA to block the proposed rule changes, which have not yet been finalized, would be likely to fail, as the CRA overturn would require the president's signature to take effect.

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