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.
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