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Republicans Block Investigative Power For Oil Spill Commission

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Senate Democrats today asked unanimous consent to pass legislation that would give the BP Oil Spill Commission the subpoena power it needs to do its job. “Frankly, it’s time we have a vote after so many Republican objections to this commonsense legislation,” said Sen. Robert Menendez. “[This bill] asserts that we want to protect those families, taxpayers, not oil company profits.”

The US House of Representatives voted 420 to 1 to give the presidential commission investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico full subpoena power.

In a shocking betrayal of trust, the Senate blocked it.

No subpoena powers.  No real investigation.

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  1. bondwooley says:

    Obama told America that if we can win WWII and put a man on the moon, we can plug this leak and solve our dependency on fossil fuels.

    But there’s a missing piece: the soldiers in WWII had the Pentagon and Neil Armstrong had NASA. What’s the man on the street supposed to do to solve the fossil fuel problem? Is it time for an organized, funded effort?

  2. John Grae says:

    Someone needs to have a look at the bank accounts of the republicans who opposed the Bill. Even if nothing strange is found then they should be charged with crimes against humanity for being so irresponsible in the way they are protecting BP. We all know that the ‘dark hats’ are everywhere and it looks like they have the majority of the vote in the republican camp. John

  3. Dale says:

    The people that don’t get it are the Democrat’s! STOP THE LEAK, CLEAN UP THE GULF, THEN HAVE AN INVESTIGATION.

    Let BP focus on fixing the leak, and the clean up instead of forcing them to cover their A** now!

    • Andre says:

      I believe that we should be able to chew gum and walk at the same time….

      • allan says:

        Modern humans are amazing, aren’t we?! We can walk and chew gum, study the architecture, plan for dinner and the future, spare a few thoughts about our financial health, Twitter, make a quick telephone call, enjoy our children by our sides…all at the same time!

        BP is a person, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court very recently, so it should at least be as capable of multi-tasking in its sphere of influence as other extremely wealthy and modernized humans are in theirs.

        @Dale: BP has whole departments dedicated to dealing with the legal and public relations fallout from its activities around the world, legal and otherwise.

        These departments are fully funded and staffed, by people who are as focused as professionally possible on getting out the story about how BP is “fixing the leak” and is focused on the clean-up.

        These lawyers and P.R. people and their departments are not taking any resources away from BP or from any actual events underwater or in the clean-up by doing their jobs.

        Understand that BP is still profiting enormously this quarter, and can afford the costs of this accident easily, without approaching bankruptcy. It’s just a matter of presenting the bills to BP, and there’s no reason to wait at all.

        Whatever happens to BP next, it won’t be because it cost a lot to clean up this one enormous accident, caused by BP’s neglect, that cost the world another 11 people.

        BP’s previous accident, also caused by BP’s negligence, cost the world 15 people in a Texas refinery explosion.

        This “person” called BP has earned the death penalty.

        It is justified and would be the first, if it were convicted and executed. It would set an example that corporate “people” can’t get away with being serial murderers.

        It’s not going to happen though. Imagine a world where corrupt corporate “people” like America’s Xe were held responsible for their criminal behavior, domestic and international. Yeah, right.

    • John Democrat Doe says:

      Of Course it’s them Democrats fault!

      I agree with Andre!

  4. ChatsworthSharp420 says:

    i still dont get how obama is a good guy

  5. Bill says:

    What does this have to do with Obama? The story, plainly stated, is about the Republican Senators blocking investigative power. There are idiots out there, clearly, that think somehow if they have to do two things at once, like say, having their enormous legal team talk to a senate committee while their (also enormous) ground/water crews go about cleaning up the disastrous leak which resulted from their greed, might somehow slow down the efforts of one or the other. Like they almost believe that somehow the two are even talking, organizing strategy, or something silly like that. I’m pretty sure the legal team at BP, given the enormous resources they have at their disposal, are quite capable of talking to the senate while the workers at water zero clean up. If you believe otherwise, please go back to middle school, or get your GED, or at the very least, pull your head out of your azz

  6. adrian says:

    I am delighted to see so many comments here. Did you know that the Republicans are expected to GAIN seats in the mid-term elections? That is something that I find very hard to understand.

  7. Joe B says:

    Nobody wants to work with the other side, because then the majority party can claim victory. It’s the circle of life where nothing gets done and pelicans keep drowning.

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