“The Congress sent a very powerful message to the president today that he needs a more balanced approach toward energy in Florida and throughout the country,” said Representative Jim Davis (D-FL), who co-sponsored the measure with Representative Joe Scarborough (R-FL). Representative Tom DeLay (R-TX), the majority whip, said “This amendment makes about as much sense as shutting down all exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and weakens our energy security.”
In another vote, House members voted 242 to 173 to stop oil, gas, or coal development in areas that have been designated as national monuments.
The two votes were on amendments to an Interior Department spending bill, which now moves to the Senate.
Publication date: 07/02/2001