Murkowski Rails Against Reid’s Energy/Oil Spill Bill
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska), the ranking Republican on the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee, just delivered a floor speech that is deeply critical of the energy and oil spill response bill the Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) unveiled last night. The comments offer a preview of what will likely be broad opposition to Reid’s bill by Republicans.
Murkowski argued that Republicans were not given adequate time to review the bill before it was released and fixed on the limited opportunities Senators will have to offer amendments.
“We have instead been told that the Majority Leader is unlikely to allow amendments to be considered, and I can only imagine that’s because there are provisions tucked into this bill that he just doesn’t want to draw attention to, much less talk about and vote on,” Murkowski said.
The energy committee passed an oil spill response bill last month with bipartisan support, and Murkowski touted that bill in the speech. While the committee bill was largely included in the broad bill Reid put together, the new legislation includes a number of provisions from other committees as well.