What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Oil & Gas Industry : (H.R. 3534) On a motion to recommit (which is the minority's opportunity to torpedo or significantly change a bill before a final up-or-down vote on the measure) that would have ended a moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf Coast area of the United States (2010 house Roll Call 512)
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(H.R. 3534) On a motion to recommit (which is the minority's opportunity to torpedo or significantly change a bill before a final up-or-down vote on the measure) that would have ended a moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf Coast area of the United States
house Roll Call 512     Jul 30, 2010
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on a motion to recommit that would have ended a moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf Coast area of the United States. The motion to recommit was offered on legislation which imposed new safety regulations on companies engaging in offshore oil drilling.  The Obama administration imposed the oil drilling moratorium in response to the BP oil spill on April 20, 2010 that wreaked environmental havoc on the Gulf Coast states.

A motion to recommit with instructions is the minority's opportunity to torpedo or significantly change a bill before a final up-or-down vote on the measure. If successful, the motion sends the legislation back to committee with instructions to amend the legislation as specified.

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) urged support for the motion to recommit: “…With millions of American families out of work, Republicans will fight for American energy workers and their jobs. The question is will Democrats fight alongside us? The drilling moratorium is killing American energy jobs now. It needs to end now. The rigs are already leaving overseas. So are the jobs, equipment, and the capital. Workers are being laid off, small businesses are struggling to survive, and they won't.…It [the vote on the motion to recommit] is the only vote on this floor where each lawmaker can stand up and fight for these American energy workers right now.”

Rep. Nick Rahall (D-WV) urged opposition to the motion to recommit: “…The fact is we need new safety requirements, and we cannot lift any moratoria in any domestic production of energy without ensuring that the new safety requirements are met. In this pending legislation, we do that. We don't just trust what the industry gives the oil rig safety inspectors. We say you have to verify. The safety inspectors have to verify what previously had just been given to them by the [oil] industry to submit as a final safety report.”

The House rejected to the motion to recommit by a vote of 166-239. 149 Republicans and 17 Democrats voted “yea.” 228 Democrats and 11 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected a motion to recommit (on legislation which imposed new safety regulations on companies engaging in offshore oil drilling) that would have ended a moratorium on offshore oil drilling in the Gulf Coast area of the United States.

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