U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference, delivered the following remarks on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives in regards to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (text below):
“The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is an ongoing tragedy, and the American people deserve action to protect our Gulf and they deserve answers.
“The American people deserve to know what happened on April 20th, and Congress should investigate it thoroughly.
“The American people deserve to know why the administration was slow to respond, why necessary equipment was not immediately on hand in the area and why the president did not fully deploy cabinet-level federal officials until he spoke at the White House on April 28th.
“Lastly, the American people deserve answers for a pathway toward energy independence. There would be those in this country who would exploit this ongoing disaster to deny the American people more access to American oil that but the American people know better.
“The pathway toward energy independence is environmentally responsible expansion of domestic drilling for oil and natural gas. It's more wind and solar and nuclear and more conservation.
“Republicans are determined to get the American people the answers about what happened on April 20th, about the slow federal response and to give the American people answers and a pathway toward energy independence that uses ‘all of the above.’”