The Senate Republicans blocked legislative bill H.R. 5481 which would give the Presidential Investigation Commission the power to subpoena in the BP oil spill investigation. The House of Representatives voted 420-1 in favor of the bill. 420-1 in favor! That’s total bi-partisan support.
By blocking the bill the Commission will have to rely on the willingness of BP executives to provide information. On the video a Republican Senator say’s, “On behalf of ALL the members of the Republican conference I object.” I don’t know who the Republican is who is making that statement, but apparently he speaks for ALL Senate Republicans on the matter in the video.
This is a grotesque abuse of power from the Republicans. Not only are they not standing aside and letting the bill pass but they are obstructing it by objecting.
If they are trying to squander the good will people feel towards the Republican party after the mis-management of the oil spill by President Obama they are doing a great job. This is disgusting. I’m sure they will pay for this come November.
Even if you are a red blooded Republican, have a poster of Bill O’Reilly on your wall, and wear a Rush Limbaugh t-shirt on the weekends, I have no idea how you can defend this. How can you defend this?
Edit- Since publishing this post I have received this message from OpenCongress.org -
“Unfortunately, the blocking procedures used in the Senate have kept the bill from being voted on there, which means that there’s no official record of which Senators oppose it. So far, Sen. Jim DeMint (R – SC) has been the public face for Republicans opposing the bill.”
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