Congressman Brian Bilbray (CA-50-R) today issued the following statement in support of Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23-D) amendment to H.R. 3408 PIONEERS Act, as it relates to the transportation reauthorization bill:
"Southern California beaches must be protected at all costs. Our multi-billion dollar tourism industry is supported by thousands of jobs that are dependent on clean beaches. Because of our extensive history with offshore oil drilling, the California Coastal Commission is the only agency with the authority to permit this activity offshore. Representative Lois Capps' amendment keeps Californians in control of what happens off California's shores. The federal government should not have the authority to either bypass or override what a state determines is in its environmental and economic best interest."