Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Gulf Oil Spill - #1906 - Oil Spill Visits Get Partisan - Politico

Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.) shown in picture,  wanted to fly 10 lawmakers down to the Gulf of Mexico to see the damage caused by BP’s gigantic oil spill first hand. House Democrats said no. Scalise’s trip was rejected for a variety of bureaucratic and logistical reasons, but it has also opened a new vein of partisan squabbling over who should be allowed to arrange a trip to view the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Republicans want to be able to take trips using their office spending allowance. But Democrats have heard from the Department of Homeland Security, which has asked that Congress organize trips through committees of jurisdiction, to avoid having to cater to a ton of individual lawmakers in a disaster zone, Democratic aides say. GOP leaders say they’ve heard nothing of this........Scalise, who has already been to the Gulf on another codel, wants to organize a trip so lawmakers can fully grasp the impact before they vote on oil drilling regulations. And he doesn't want to do it through a committee, because the members don't fit neatly into specific panels — they stretch across committee, and even partisan, lines. Read more......  When you know the money Congress wastes in other traveling around the world on our dime, why don't we get a say in whether these Congressmen can travel to the Gulf to see first hand the devastation that the Obama Administration is allowing to grow out of control.

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