Why is it that Florida has to beg Barack Obama for skimmers to catch the oil before it reaches the beaches? Why the slow actions by Obama? Is he using the BP OIL Spill to push his agenda to pass his Cap and Tax Bill…this voter sure thinks so! Is this the actions we expect of a President? The White House says “don’t let a crisis go to waste” and Obama sure isn’t trying to keep our shore line from being damaged by the oil. What up with this President? All questions I just have to ask!
Sen. LeMieux to Obama Administration: Where Are Florida’s Skimmers?
U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL), along with Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Richard Burr (R-NC), today sent a letter to President Obama requesting clarification on the status of foreign vessels taking part in Gulf oil spill clean up efforts. In the letter, the senators address the confusion surrounding the Jones Act waiver requirement. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection states there are only 20 oil skimming vessels currently operating off the coast of Florida.
“We are still receiving reports of foreign-flagged vessels being turned away or their offers of assistance hanging in limbo. That should not be the case,” LeMieux asked. “ Admiral Thad Allen is reporting that vessels do not need a waiver to participate in cleanup efforts, yet skimmers are apparently going unused. There is a breakdown of communication and it is critically important the situation get fixed and we see an armada of skimmers at work.”
In the letter to the president, the senators specifically question if there have been any response-appropriate vessels offered by foreign nations that have been turned down by the Administration. They also ask the Administration to commit to an expedited waiver system for all potentially useful foreign vessels. Finally, they encourage the Administration to be proactive in soliciting aid and assets from foreign nations where appropriate. SOURCE