In a major victory for Florida's Gulf Coast communities tonight, Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) and Congressman Curt Clawson (FL-19) put forth an amendment to the Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2016, to ban the use of any federal funds for the purposes of oil drilling exploration in the eastern Gulf of Mexico.
The amendment was accepted by the House and will be included on the final passage of the Department of Interior Appropriations Act.
Following the House's acceptance of the amendment, Congressman Clawson stated:
"Recognizing the need for America to compete globally by having a ready-supply of cost-effective energy, I still believe the risk of drilling in the eastern Gulf isn't worth it, given what we saw recently with the BP disaster. Because of the vast lands and the expanding technologies that our country offers, there are better, safer places to find America's energy supply, without putting the wildlife, the shores, and the communities of Florida's Gulf Coast in danger."
Congressman David Jolly (FL-13) stated:
"We can achieve energy independence without expanding drilling to the eastern Gulf of Mexico. And it is paramount that we take steps to continue protecting our pristine beaches, our fisheries, our marine sanctuaries, and coastal communities from the impact of drilling in the eastern Gulf and devastating events like the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010."