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Collins comes out against Trump expansion of offshore drilling

Collins comes out against Trump expansion of offshore drilling
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Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again Conservative group launches ad campaign thanking Collins after Kavanaugh vote Democrats must end mob rule MORE (R-Maine) became the second GOP senator to come out against the Trump administration's plan to open up offshore drilling off the coast of several states.

In a tweet Friday, Collins called the Interior Department's plan to expand offshore drilling off of Maine's coast a "significant risk" to the state's coastal economy and ecology.

"I continue to oppose efforts to open Maine’s coast to drilling, which poses significant risk to marine and coastal resources, our economy, and our way of life. I oppose the Department of the Interior‘s draft plan," the senator tweeted.

 

Collins is the second Republican senator to announce opposition to the Interior Department's plan, which is currently undergoing a 30-day review period before being finalized.

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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Senators concerned as Trump official disputes UN climate change warning Rubio: Response to death of Saudi journalist 'can't be symbolic' MORE (R-Fla.) announced his opposition to the plan in a press release Thursday, joining fellow Florida Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonDisasters become big chunk of U.S. deficit Electoral battle for Hispanics intensifies in Florida Democrats hold fading odds of winning Senate this November MORE (D) in his dissent.

“I have long supported the moratorium [on drilling for oil] in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, which is not slated to expire until 2022, and introduced legislation to extend the moratorium until 2027," reads a statement on Rubio's website.

"As the Department of Interior works to finalize their draft plan, I urge Secretary Zinke to recognize the Florida Congressional delegation’s bipartisan efforts to maintain and extend the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and remove this area for future planning purposes.”

"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 added on Twitter.

Rep. Ileana Ros-LehtinenIleana Carmen Ros-LehtinenElectoral battle for Hispanics intensifies in Florida Florida House race in dead heat in district Clinton won in landslide Election Countdown: Big fundraising numbers in fight for Senate | Haley resigns in surprise move | Says she will back Trump in 2020 | Sanders hitting midterm trail | Collins becomes top Dem target | Takeaways from Indiana Senate debate MORE (R-Fla.) is also opposed to the expansion of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, citing the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster that killed 11 Americans in her statement this week. The lawmakers have written a letter to Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeWhy grizzly bear hunting season isn’t happening Trump administration proposes tough rules on protests Overnight Energy: Trump officials propose tough rules on protests | EPA chief calls racist Facebook post he liked 'offensive'| Dems push Zinke to rescind 'open science' order MORE stating their opposition to the plan.

"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!"