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Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan

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Ms. RICHARDSON. Mr. Chairman, my staff and I have had the opportunity earlier today to discuss this amendment with Chairman Hastings, Ranking Member Markey and their staffs, so I'll be brief.

The Richardson amendment improves the bill by amending section 8 to explicitly require the Secretary of the Interior to consult the California Governor and the State legislature before leasing any areas off the coast of California. My amendment codifies in the bill existing law, practice, and custom.

In short, the Richardson amendment extends to California the same consideration that the bill's drafters afforded the State of South Carolina. The State of California has within its borders more than two-thirds of the Nation's Pacific coastline, a far greater percentage than South Carolina has with respect to the Atlantic coastline.

California's coastline is an international treasure, and our State's residents should have input on drilling off our shores. Offshore drilling along the California coastline should thoroughly consider impacts to tourism, fisheries, coastal recreation, and of course the economy and its benefits. That is why it's reasonable and necessary that the people of California, through their chief elected officials, be consulted by the Secretary of the Interior on the subject of offshore drilling off the California coast.

Mr. Chairman, I'd like to acknowledge the leadership and expertise and willingness of Chairman Hastings and Ranking Member Markey for working with me on the Richardson amendment, and I urge my colleagues to support the amendment.

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