US Senate blocks vote on BP investigation

The US Senate refused to vote on a legislative bill from the House of Representatives that would have allowed the Presidential Investigation Commission the power to issue subpoenas in the BP oil spill investigation.

Several Democratic senators argued that while the legislation passed the House with a 420-1 vote, that blocking a Senate vote would cover up the truth of the investigation and the Commission would have to rely solely on the willingness of BP executives to provide information.

Video Shows The US Senate Blocking BP Investigation

The Senate decision is a blow to the Obama administration and considered a major setback in the ongoing investigation. Republicans repeatedly requested the Senate Chair not to allow the proposal to be read, heard or voted upon on the Senate floor, which makes it a partisan issue.

One can argue that the display on the Senate floor today is a battle of the fittest or the biggest and that corporate powers wield the scepter in Washington DC above the interest and faith of 20 million residents in the Gulf States.

The fact that we are on the verge of mid-term elections in November may play a part in the Republican decision to block or postpone such a vote until after the elections.

Nevertheless, the people in the Gulf of Mexico live with a major disaster each and every day and one would think they ultimately deserve answers. That does not stop the oil from reaching beaches or from being captured by the Gulf Stream carrying the toxic mixture of oil and Corexit along the Southeastern seaboard, but it would instill confidence that ultimately truth and justice will prevail.

Nobody can give the Gulf residents back their ocean, beaches, livelihood or environment, but we can give them hope for the future by forcing BP to release any and all documents by order of a Federal subpoena and by forcing executives to testify under oath in front of the Presidential Investigation Committee.

Written by Nick Doms © 2010, all rights reserve

Comments

Submitted by Chuck (not verified) on
I don't like this article, because I can't find any attributions. If I could, then I could arm myself with accurate information to go into my Senators' offices and demand an explanation. I don't see any attributions, and I'm wondering if the author can tell us where the video came from, and who the "Several Democratic senators" are, please.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Another weak attempt by the whiny libs to save their hides in November. All this youtube plastering of half the story works for them. Try using the other half of your brain to get the rest of the story. Do a little more research and you'll find out after they had a chance to read the bill they had no objections to it. When you try to pass a bill without the Republican caucus present, you know full well there will be an objection in order for the caucus to actually read the bill first.

Submitted by Nick Doms on
the video is a live partial taping of the Senate floor and the discussion. All the parties are identified in the tape as announced by the Chair.

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