WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the House passed the Consolidated Land, Energy and Aquatic Resources Act (HR 3534) and the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act (HR 5851):
“Today the House passed two important bills to hold oil companies accountable in the wake of the devastating Gulf Coast oil spill. First, the CLEAR Act takes strong steps to prevent future spills, including independent certification of drilling equipment and stronger oversight of the drilling permitting process. It ensures that oil companies pay their fare share to the taxpayers for drilling on public land or water, and it means that BP and the oil industry will pay the full cost of cleaning up the Gulf.
“Second, the Offshore Oil and Gas Worker Whistleblower Protection Act is designed to end retaliation against oil and gas workers who raise important concerns about safety violations on the Outer Continental Shelf. These are exactly the kind of disclosures we need to protect if we want to avoid another BP spill—and workers who bring them to light should never be fired.
“These measures were a test of whether Members of Congress stand with taxpayers and the Gulf communities, or with the oil companies. Republicans’ votes against these bills make their choice very clear.”