Boustany says challenges remain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Charles W. Boustany, Jr., (R-Southwest Louisiana), today made the following statement about the ongoing efforts to stop the oil leak after a House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on charitable assistance in the Gulf Coast region.

“The latest progress reports from the spill site give some hope to thousands of families across the Gulf affected by the spill, but many challenges remain,” said Boustany. “Permanently stopping the spill must remain the top priority, but the federal government continues to be responsible for coordinating the clean up and protecting our coastline and marshes. I am also committed to overturning President Obama’s moratorium on energy exploration in the Gulf. Arbitrarily shutting down American energy production makes the U.S. more reliant on foreign sources of oil and could eliminate thousands of Gulf Coast jobs.”

Boustany serves as ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee that convened a hearing this morning to discuss the ongoing crisis. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, and Jeff Trandahl, executive director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, testified at the hearing about the strain on charities trying to meet needs of families in the Gulf. During the hearing, Boustany highlighted the detrimental economic effects facing not only Louisiana, but the nation if the current moratorium on offshore energy drilling remains in place.

“The long-term implications of the President’s ban are real. Already two Gulf rigs left American waters, heading to other parts of the globe. That trend is likely to continue,” Boustany stated. “The Administration needs to quickly and fully investigate what caused the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill and implement safety precautions targeted at preventing such a tragedy in the future. Energy production in the Gulf of Mexico can be done safely and is essential to our nation’s energy security. Shutting down U.S. production is not the answer.”

Boustany remains dedicated to making the economic and environmental concerns of Gulf Coast families and workers a prominent national issue.

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