Alexander Response on President’s Responsibility in Gulf

Posted on May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, today, during a taping for C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers,” which airs Sunday at 10 a.m. EST, said the following when asked about the Gulf oil spill: 

“There is a lot of talk about presidential responsibility in terms of the oil spill. We faced this before, after the Exxon Valdez spill, so I decided to look carefully at the law to see what it says. In 1990, Congress passed the Oil Pollution Act, and it says the president shall ‘ensure’ that oil spills are cleaned up and that he have the ‘personnel and equipment’ to do it. That is the president’s responsibility. So it is my responsibility as a senator to ask this question, ‘What was the president’s cleanup plan and where were the personnel and equipment necessary to implement that plan?’”


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