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-LehtinenTechNet hires Hispanic communications director Bottom line Women are refusing to take the backseat in politics, especially Latinas MORE (R-Fla.) announced Thursday evening on Twitter that she would join Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonNASA names DC headquarters after agency's first Black female engineer Mary W. Jackson NASA, SpaceX and the private-public partnership that caused the flight of the Crew Dragon Lobbying world MORE's (D-Fla.) letter to Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senior Interior official contacted former employer, violating ethics pledge: watchdog | Ag secretary orders environmental rollbacks for Forest Service | Senate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Senior Interior official contacted former employer, violating ethics pledge: watchdog Overnight Energy: Trump officials may pursue offshore drilling after election, report says | Energy regulators to delay projects pending appeals | EPA union calls for 'moratorium' on reopening plans 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.

Republicans have used the CRA under President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump on Kanye West's presidential run: 'He is always going to be for us' Marie Yovanovitch on Vindman retirement: He 'deserved better than this. Our country deserved better than this' Trump says Biden has been 'brainwashed': 'He's been taken over by the radical left' MORE to overturn many Obama-era regulations on businesses.