Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, it's been a month now, over a month, since oil has been spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon well explosion.
And now 2 weeks after our Governor submitted a request to the Federal Government for a plan that we put on the table to protect our marsh from oil coming in, we still have not heard one word from the President, 2 weeks after the request was made. This isn't something that BP can approve; this is something that only requires Federal approval and the Federal Government is standing in the way of our leaders on the ground protecting our marsh.
Where is the President? Does he not understand the magnitude of what is probably the worst environmental disaster in the country? And then we get mixed messages from his various Cabinet secretaries who come down and they say, looks like they are satisfied with the coordination going on.
They need to come down to New Orleans. The President needs to come down to New Orleans and actually help us and do his job.
We are tired of them talking like John Wayne and acting like Pee-wee Herman. It's time to step up.