Mr. MCDERMOTT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to discuss today's vote on the bill to approve and implement the Obama administration's offshore drilling plan. Holding this vote today was a political stunt by the Republican majority--nothing more. No committees have reviewed the plan, and it was brought to the floor without any consideration.
The Obama Administration's plan would supplant the Bush Administration's plan which is currently in place and I voted for the bill today, not wanting to play political games with our environment. Despite any reservations I have with the details of the Obama Administration's plan, the current administration correctly excluded lease sales in the Atlantic, Pacific or North Aleutian Basin. The Republicans offered an alternative plan that would, without question, cause significant harm to the environment. Voting yes today on this better package was the right thing to do.
Protecting our environment is not a game. Today I voted to move us forward from the terrible environmental policies of the previous administration, and I will continue to advocate and vote for stronger environmental protections.