U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today announced the Senate has approved a resolution encouraging BP to give priority consideration to local Gulf businesses when they purchase products and services related to the Gulf oil spill cleanup. Senator LeMieux joined with senators Roger Wicker (R-MS), Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Thad Cochran (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Bill Nelson (D-FL), Jeff Sessions (R-AL), Richard Shelby (R-AL), and David Vitter (R-LA) in introducing the resolution, citing the importance for BP to work with local communities to help ease the economic and environmental impacts of the oil spill on the people of the Gulf Coast.
"The people of the Gulf are eager to help clean up the spill," said LeMieux. "Local businesses have been hit hard by this disaster and by buying local, BP will be lessening the economic downturn caused by the spill. BP should look to all of the fishermen, hoteliers, restaurateurs, and other community members to assist in the ongoing cleanup effort."
Although the complete economic impact on the Gulf Coast economy is far from being determined, the workforce in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas has been hit severely as a result of the oil spill.