DeMint took money from BP, then blocked the investigation of the oil spill on the floor of the Senate
October 25, 2010 Leave a comment
DeMint took money from BP, then blocked the investigation of the oil spill on the floor of the Senate. This legislation passed the House with the support of 169 Republicans, but DeMint blocked it from reaching the floor of the senate.
Here’s DeMint on the floor of the Senate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOAKBjYNHW0
In the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, DeMint the floor to block S.3462, and kill the subpoena of BP’s records relating to the spill and also neuter the oil spill investigation commission. This July 1 report by Mother Jones explains what DeMint did to block investigation after the oil had already been spilling for over 60 days:
Yesterday Republicans blocked a bill that would grant subpoena power to the oil spill commission President Obama formed to investigate the Deepwater Horizon disaster and make policy recommendations to prevent future drilling calamities.
But when Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) attempted to bring up the bill under unanimous consent yesterday, Jim DeMint (R-SC) blocked it. His spokesman told Politico that DeMint didn’t object to it personally. On the floor, the senator said he was objecting “on behalf of other members of the Republican caucus.” Who in particular? Well, obviously no one wanted to admit as much.
Politico did a story on the incident as well:
A similar measure passed the House last week by a vote of 420-1. A spokesman for DeMint said the South Carolina senator himself does not object to giving the commission subpoena power, but was acting on behalf of “members of the Republican conference.”