As just the newest example of an obstructionist GOP, Reid has dropped plans for rapid movement on BP accountability for the Deepwater oil spill:
Darren Goode and Ben Geman, Reid abandons oil-spill, energy legislation until September
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has yanked consideration of legislation responding to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill for the summer without floor debate or votes this week.
"It’s a sad day when you can’t find a handful of Republicans to support a bill" that holds BP accountable and creates green jobs, Reid told reporters in announcing a delay at least until at least September. Reid had planned to debate and vote on competing Democratic and Republican spill plans Wednesday but he said "it’s clear Republicans were going to be determined to stand in the way of everything."
I guess they don’t think that we should slap BP on the hand. After all, it has only cost the region a few tens of billions in direct and indirect impacts to the Gulf economy and incalculable long-term impacts to the region’s ecology. No reason to pass a law.
The current laws limit BP’s max payout at $75M.
We are likely going to have to nationalize BP’s US operations in order to get the money. Otherwise BP will pull some financial sleight of hand and we’ll be left holding the bag.
- Reid Punts Spill Bill to September (motherjones.com)
- Reid Pulls the Plug on Modest Energy Bill (mydd.com)
- Oil spill damages legislation thwarted in Senate by Democrats (guardian.co.uk)
- Republicans Slam Reid’s Oil Spill Response Bill Floor Strategy (washingtonindependent.com)
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