In advance of President Obama's address to the nation on the Federal government's response to the oil spill in the Gulf, Congressman Paul Ryan offered the following statement:
"Without question, our primary focus in the Gulf must be to stop the oil leak. The Federal government and BP must work together to stop the leak, and mitigate the environmental and economic devastation in the Gulf region.
I have serious concerns with attempts to exploit this tragedy to push a counterproductive, job-killing political agenda. The drilling moratorium and talk of imposing a costly cap-and-tax scheme on Wisconsin families and small businesses only furthers our dependence on foreign oil, drives up energy costs, and destroys jobs in Wisconsin and across the country.
We need leadership and decisive action. Let's stop the leak, clean up the spill, hold to account those responsible, and work together on an all-of-the-above energy plan."