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At event honoring MLK, Bill Nelson calls Donald Trump comments ‘deplorable’

 U.S. Senator Bill Nelson believes President Donald Trump’s comments about “sh*thole” countries were “deplorable” and only serve to divide Americans.

“The president’s comments are awful. They’re deplorable,” Nelson told two reporters Monday in St. Petersburg. “What a president ought to be is a uniter, not a divider. And that’s what’s so troubling about so many of the comments that he’s made. Not only this recent one, but so many that preceded it.”

Nelson addressed the latest controversy surrounding Trump moments before he participated in an MLK National Day of Service with St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman and Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County.

Two Republican U.S. Senators are disputing whether Trump actually uttered the epithet in question. Georgia’s David Perdue said on ABC’s This Week that the quote attributed to Trump is a “gross misrepresentation” of what the president really said.

“Remember it was bipartisan,” Nelson retorted, referring to the fact that Illinois Democrat U.S. Senator Dick Durban and South Carolina Republican Lindsey Graham have both said that Trump used the word in question, “so if I had to guess who all was telling the truth, I’d take the bipartisan statement of Graham and Durbin.”

On Monday, Nelson marched in the MLK Dream Big Parade in St. Petersburg, an event which he described as “infectious” and “joyous.”

While talking about Dr. King and the national holiday that honors the civil rights icon, Nelson noted the significance of Alabama recently electing Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate, specifically how he had successfully prosecuted two KKK members who were involved in the bombing of four black girls in Alabama in 1963.

“I think there are good things that are happening,” he said. “But at the same time, this meanness and partisanship and this rigidity that you don’t go around and try to bring people together, instead try to put them apart, that you don’t respect other people. That does concern me, and I can tell you I didn’t see that on the faces of the people in the parade today. What I saw was happiness and enjoyment.”

On immigration and DACA, Nelson says that he is unsure if there’s a deal to be made.

A  bipartisan proposal sponsored by Graham and Durbin and supported by Nelson had focused on four main components: a permanent solution for DACA recipients, border security and reforms to the diversity-visa lottery program and what the president calls “chain-migration,” or when immigrants sponsor relatives to join them in the U.S.

Trump seems to have turned against the proposal.

“DACA is probably dead because the Democrats don’t really want it, they just want to talk and take desperately needed money away from our Military,” Trump wrote in a tweet. In another tweet he wrote,” I, as President, want people coming into our Country who are going to help us become strong and great again, people coming in through a system based on MERIT. No more Lotteries!”

Regarding the Trump administration’s reversal on opening up Florida’s Gulf and Atlantic coasts for offshore drilling, Nelson says it’s no time for Floridians to “let their guard down.”

“The oil boys are relentless and they’ll be back,” he cautioned.

Vern Buchanan: Florida ‘not out of the woods yet’ for offshore drilling

Although the Donald Trump administration removed Florida from its controversial proposal to permit drilling in most U.S. continental shelf waters, U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan said Monday that “Florida is not out of the woods yet” when it comes to protecting the state from another catastrophic oil spill — and wants legislation extending a drilling ban.

“Although I’m pleased the Trump Administration has backed off plans to expand drilling off Florida’s coasts for now, we need to pass my bill extending the drilling moratorium until 2027,” the Longboat Key Republican said. “Without legislation extending and codifying the ban in law, any future administration could change that policy. We need to put it in law.”

The current moratorium on drilling off Florida’s Gulf coast will expire in June 2022. Along with Democrat Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Buchanan is the co-author of the Marine Oil Spill Prevention Act, which would extend the ban to 2027. Florida Democrat Bill Nelson has filed similar legislation in the Senate.

“Florida’s beaches are vital to our economy and way of life,” Buchanan said. “Our coastal communities depend on a clean and healthy ocean and we cannot risk another catastrophic event like Deepwater Horizon.”

As co-chair of the Florida congressional delegation, Buchanan and South Florida Democrat Alcee Hastings crafted a letter from a bipartisan group of 21 members of the state’s congressional delegation last week calling on the Interior to oppose any rollback of safety regulations adopted after the Deepwater Horizon blast in 2010.

An Interior Department bureau recently said some of the regulations adopted in response to the tragedy created “potentially unduly burdensome requirements” on oil and gas operators. The proposal to roll back safety rules was published in the Federal Register at the end of 2017.

The Trump administration’s initial decision to open up the eastern Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic coast and Florida Straits to drilling received almost universally negative reaction from Florida lawmakers, including Gov. Rick Scott. That led Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to exclude Florida from any proposed offshore drilling plans because “its coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.”

Lawmakers from other states that would be affected by the proposal now are making their own cases to the Interior about why they should be exempted as well.

Only representatives from the oil and gas industry have expressed disappointment with the Interior’s subsequent decision to remove Florida from the administration’s offshore oil and gas drilling plan.

“This announcement is premature,” American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Jack Gerard said last week. “Americans support increased domestic energy production, and the administration and policymakers should follow the established process before making any decisions or conclusions that would undermine our nation’s energy security.”

Rick Scott: Donald Trump immigration remarks ‘absolutely wrong’

Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday blasted President Donald Trump for reportedly disparaging Haiti, El Salvador and Africa during a bipartisan White House meeting about immigration reform.

According to several news outlets, including The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Trump reportedly questioned why the United States should accept immigrants from “s—hole countries” like Haiti, El Salvador and countries in Africa.

The president’s comments immediately sparked outrage, especially from critics in Florida, which is home to more Haiti-born residents than any other state.

“If this report is true, it is absolutely wrong to say or think this. I do not think this way, nor do I agree with this kind of sentiment. I represent Florida, and we are an amazing melting pot where over 250 languages are spoken,” Scott said in a statement.

The governor, a close ally of Trump, frequently visits the president and lunched with him less than two weeks ago at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach.

Florida state Sen. Daphne Campbell, a Haiti-born Democrat who lives in Miami-Dade County, quickly jumped on Trump’s remarks Thursday evening, issuing a press release calling on Scott to denounce the “racist comments.”

“The president’s ongoing war against immigrants appears to be solely directed toward those immigrants of color,” Campbell said. “I am appalled and disgusted that the man who stands as the symbol of a nation once offering refuge and sanctuary to all immigrants is doing his best to say: ‘non-whites need not apply.’ Governor Scott needs to denounce these remarks immediately on behalf of the people of Florida.”

Trump’s remarks are certain to further inflame Haitians already angered by his decision to rescind Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for refugees from the island. The policy change could affect nearly 60,000 Haitians who fled to the U.S. following a devastating earthquake in 2010.

Scott’s office issued the statement from the governor, a Republican who is widely expected to run this year against Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, when asked for a response to Campbell’s demand.

“I work every day to make this the most welcoming state for everyone — Haitians, Cubans, Venezuelans, and others from all around the world that call Florida home. I’m incredibly proud of our diversity,” Scott said in the statement.

White House: Flip-flop on Florida offshore drilling not a ‘political favor’

At Thursday’s White House briefing, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders asserted that abandoned plans for drilling for oil off Florida’s coast were not a political favor to Gov. Rick Scott.

“I am not aware of any political favor that would have been part of,” Huckabee Sanders said.

Huckabee Sanders said that the “public comment” process was one in which “negotiations” would happen with state leadership.

“We’ll continue to talk to other stakeholders as we make decisions for other areas and other states,” Huckabee Sanders added.

The narrative from some media outlets and Democrats alike was that President Donald Trump cut a deal with the Governor to help him in his upcoming Senate race.

In response to questions from Florida Politics, Scott also rejected the idea that there was a prearranged capitulation on oil exploration off the Florida coast.

“This proposal came out of the Trump administration. I opposed it. I let them know before they came out with it,” Scott asserted.

The Governor made the policy change sound like a result of hard-won negotiation, not political gamesmanship.

Scott noted that he “met and talked … multiple times” with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke over the last year, and “was very clear” that he didn’t want to see offshore drilling off our coast.

“When he came out with the proposal a week and a half ago,” Scott continued, “I asked to meet with him as soon as I could … we had the opportunity to meet and he took Florida off the table.”

Senate Leadership Fund goes after Bill Nelson tax vote in new ad

A political committee controlled by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell put out a digital ad this week slamming Senate Democrats for voting against the Republican tax plan that made it through Congress in December.

The Senate Leadership Fund ad touts the bill as the “biggest tax overhaul in generations” that will produce “bigger paychecks for middle class families” before blasting Democrats who voted against it.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is the only Democrat with a speaking line in the YouTube version of the web ad, though Nelson is visible as one of the seven Democrats the ad displays with text in the foreground reading “It’s time they lose their jobs.”

The ad also has pull quotes from a handful of major companies that said they planned to pass at least part of their tax savings on to workers.

As first reported by POLITICO Florida’s Matt Dixon, Senate Leadership Fund CEO Stephen Law said Nelson “made a huge mistake siding with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to obstruct middle class tax cuts. We will take it to Democrats over and over this year on tax reform and are confident it will be a winning issue for Republicans in November.”

Nelson and other Democrats voted against the bill over concerns it was lopsided in favor of top earners and business, the latter of which got a permanent tax cut from 35 percent to 21 percent in the bill.

Nelson is one five Democratic Senators who are running for re-election in a state carried by President Donald Trump in 2018, and he is expected to have to go through Gov. Rick Scott, who is sure to be well funded, in order to win a fourth term.

The Senate Leadership Fund said it has spent $550,000 pushing the ad as part of a six-state campaign.

The ad is below.

Philip Levine: Check to Marco Rubio ‘tiny’ compared with long, deep Democratic support

There’s that Sept. 30, 2009, check to the U.S. Senate campaign of former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:

It’s the $2,400 contribution to a Republican who then was seen as the darling of Florida’s Tea Party movement, an upstart whose explosive popularity on the right chased Charlie Crist from the Grand Old Party and made Democratic candidate Kendrick Meek a third-place finisher in 2010.

It’s the bank draft from Miami Beach businessman Philip Levine, who then was the future mayor of that city and who now is one of the leading Democratic candidates for governor in the 2018 election.

Privately, some Democrats have been whispering wonder about whether Levine’s erstwhile support of Rubio in 2009 reflected at all on his commitment to the Florida Democratic Party.

“Nope. Not at all. Zero,” Levine insisted in Orlando Tuesday when asked about whether that contribution meant he harbored an interest in Rubio or for what he stands.

“I have written millions of dollars to the Democratic Party, and that was just one small, tiny donation,” Levine said. “Friends of mine called me up and asked me for it, and I said ‘yes.’

“But he’s been a disappointment, and I’m not a supporter or a believer in any way, shape or imagination,” Levine continued. “Thank God my Democratic donations outnumber it about 5,000 to one.”

Levine is in a crowded race seeking the Florida Democratic primary nomination to run for governor, with former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham of Tallahassee, Winter Park businessman Chris King, and Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum; and terms such as “real Democrat,” “true Democrat,” and “lifelong Democrat” already have been tossed about in that contest, as if someone in the race is not. The leading Republicans are Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam of Bartow and U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach.

“Mayor Levine has raised millions of dollars for fellow Democrats, up and down the ballot,” spokesman Christian Ulvert stated. “Most importantly, his record of getting progressive policies done is crystal clear — and it’s exactly the leadership he will take to the Governor’s mansion.”

Levine tells his story often about how he left college to work as a Royal Caribbean cruise ship deckhand, later following his instinct to become an entrepreneur serving cruise ships, to starting up and then selling companies, to becoming very rich.

By the late-1990s he became an active political campaign contributor, and by early this century he was a prominent one, making him an extraordinarily unusual candidate for governor. Other wealthy candidates have run statewide in Florida before, notably Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Jeff Greene of West Palm Beach, who ran for the U.S. Senate in 2010; yet neither previously had been as financially generous to others’ political causes as Levine had.

Though they do not quite show the multiple millions he asserted, U.S. Federal Election Commission and the Florida Division of Elections records do show that Philip Levine — from addresses in Miami, Miami Beach and Tallahassee — has contributed more than $1 million to others over the past couple of decades. He also has donated nearly $3 million to his own campaign’s funds in the past year.

Levine donated at least $189,900 to various state campaigns and political committees in Florida, and another $893,385 to various federal campaigns and political committees in Florida and across the country.

Campaign finance activity reviewed by Florida Politics does not include any political contributions Levine may have made in local elections in Florida [he was a two-term mayor of Miami Beach,] nor any he may have made in local or state elections in other states. Those would have been recorded outside the FEC and the Florida Division of Elections.

Levine, in fact, has a clear record of donating to Democrats for many years. His donations for Democrats compared with those for Republicans do not entirely create a 5,000-1 ratio, but it is higher than a 200-1 ratio, at least in dollars.

Since 2000, he has donated $161,800 to the Florida Democratic Party [including $61,800 in 2016] and at least another $12,500 to specific Democratic candidates and committees. Another $16,600 of his state political contributions went to committees that at least on paper may be considered nonpartisan. No state-level Levine money went to Republicans, the Republican Party of Florida, or Republican committees.

On the federal side, since 1999, Levine made at least 270 donations totaling $876,791 to Democrats, Democratic parties, and committees associated with Democrats. He has made six contributions totaling about $12,000 to committees that have some claim to being nonpartisan, or have unclear partisan standing.

He’s made just four donations, adding up to $4,650, to Republicans, including the Rubio check.

Levine was a big backer of Hillary Clinton, donating $300,000 to her Hillary Victory Fund committee in 2016. He also was a significant backer of Barack Obama, donating $30,000 to his Obama Victory Fund committee in 2008.

In contrast with the $2,400 he gave to U.S. Senate Republican candidate Rubio, over the past two decades Levine contributed $31,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, $25,000 to the Florida Senate Victory 2004 committee, and $15,000 to Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson‘s campaigns.

Levine also has made direct donations to campaigns of Florida Democrats Dan Gelber, Bill McBride, Janet Reno, Alex Sink, Joe Garcia, Raul Martinez, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Crist [when he ran for Congress as a Democrat,] Peter Deutsch, Betty Castor, Alex Penelas, Andrew Korge, Jose Javier Rodriguez, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Elaine Bloom, Ken Gottlieb, David Richardson, Richard Steinberg, and Wilbert Holloway.

Besides Rubio, other non-Democrats who received support from Levine include Miami Republican Lincoln Díaz-Balart, who got $250 for his 1998 Congressional re-election campaign; Montana Republican Conrad Burns, who got $1,000 for his 1998 U.S. Senate re-election campaign; and New Jersey Republican Dick Zimmer, who got $1,000 for his 2008 U.S. Senate campaign. Levine also donated to the nonpartisan campaigns of Florida’s 11th Judicial Circuit judges Maxine Cohen Lando and Milton Hirsch.

Rick Scott says he’s been ‘clear forever’ in opposition to offshore oil drilling

The narrative looked great for Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday.

The Donald Trump White House backed away from a proposal to permit offshore drilling off the coast of Florida, after a meeting with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.

Zinke extolled the virtues of the Governor in the press release — lauding his “leadership,” calling him “straightforward.”

“I support the governor’s position that Florida is unique and its coast is heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver. As a result of today’s discussion and Governor Scott’s leadership, I am removing Florida from consideration for any new oil and gas platforms.”

Of course, questions were raised. Some Republicans had told POLITICO that the fix was in already on this. And Democrats noted that Scott backed offshore oil exploration as an “option” to becoming “energy independent” back when Barack Obama was President.

On Wednesday in Jacksonville, Scott disclaimed both the idea of a prearranged reversal from the Interior Department and dismissed allegations of a change in policy orientation on offshore drilling.

“I’ve been clear forever. I’m going to take care of this environment,” Scott said.

Scott noted that he “met and talked … multiple times” with Zinke over the last year, and “was very clear” that he didn’t want to see offshore drilling off our coast.

“When he came out with the proposal a week and a half ago,” Scott continued, “I asked to meet with him as soon as I could … we had the opportunity to meet and he took Florida off the table.”

“I’ve been very clear. I’m not going to allow anything to happen along our coast to impact our environment. I’ve said that forever,” Scott said.

“This proposal came out of the Trump administration. I opposed it. I let them know before they came out with it,” Scott reiterated.

Scott also rejected Sen. Bill Nelson‘s claim that the event was  “a political stunt orchestrated by the Trump administration to help Rick Scott, who has wanted to drill off Florida’s coast his entire career.”

Bill Nelson on off-shore oil drilling: ‘Not while I’m in office’

As President Donald Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced plans to allow off-shore oil drilling practically everywhere, Florida’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson appears to have dug in for his best Clint Eastwood “Make my day” impersonation.

“The administration is planning to drill off the coast of Florida,” Nelson told reporters in Orlando Friday. “I can tell you as long as I’m in office, that’s not going to happen.”

When Zinke announced Thursday that the U.S. Department of Interior intends to start making oil drilling leases available off the coast of Florida and elsewhere when current moratoriums expire, he may have given Nelson a gift in a re-election campaign plank.

Though Gov. Rick Scott, Nelson’s likely opponent in this year’s election, also has come out in opposition to drilling off Florida’s coast – as have almost all of Florida’s congressional delegation including Republican U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, one of Trump’s biggest supporters – Nelson on Friday staked out the opposition ground as his. And he made it clear that as far as he’s concerned as a candidate, opposition to off-shore drilling in Florida always has been his issue, and always will be.

On Friday Nelson reminded reporters that his opposition to off-shore drilling around Florida dates to 1985 when he was in Congress and opposed a plan by then-Interior Secretary James Watt, and continued through the present, as he pushed against Trump’s and Zinke’s proposal last year to allow seismic testing in off-shore areas.

“There are no oil rigs off Florida’s coast, and as long as I’m around there will not be,” Nelson said. “We’ve been at this battle now three decades, ever since I was congressman.”

Nelson called the current laws requiring moratoriums on drilling off Florida’s coasts “my,” citing his efforts in 2006, jointly with then-U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez, to get bans into federal law stretching to 2022 and 2023.

On Friday he said he did not know what Scott thought about off-shore drilling, but said the governor had not consulted with him about federal laws involving the matter, not even last year when Trump and Zinke proposed the seismic testing. “The short answer is no,” Nelson said when asked if he and the governor had discussed off-shore drilling.

“We’ve been keeping them off Cape Canaveral and Kennedy Space Center, because you can’t have oil rigs out there where you’re dropping the first stages of your rockets. And it’s the same thing out there in the Gulf of Mexico off of Florida. That’s why that is prohibited in law, until the year 2022,” Nelson said. “It’s not only protecting Florida’s economy, our tourism economy, which got completely shafted when the Deepwater Horizon spill occurred, because they saw oil on Pensacola Beach, and for a whole year the tourists didn’t come, but also it’s a national security issue, because that’s the largest testing and training range for the U.S. Military, the Gulf of Mexico off Florida,” he continued.

“So we’re simply not going to let this plan for drilling off Florida occur,” he concluded.

Florida pols oppose proposed offshore oil drilling; Donald Trump isn’t worried

So much for the “partner in the White House.”

Gov. Rick Scott enjoyed lunch with President Donald Trump on New Year’s Eve, but Scott is finding President Trump’s position on offshore oil drilling hard to digest.

“Based on media reports, it is likely that the Department of the Interior will consider Florida as a potential state for offshore oil drilling – which is something I oppose in Florida,” Scott said.

“I have already asked to immediately meet with Secretary Zinke to discuss the concerns I have with this plan and the crucial need to remove Florida from consideration,” Scott added.

“My top priority is to ensure that Florida’s natural resources are protected, which is why I proposed $1.7 billion for the environment in this year’s budget,” Scott continued.

At Thursday’s White House briefing, Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that the President wasn’t all that worried about Scott’s opposition to the proposal.

“Our goal certainly isn’t to cross Gov. Scott. We have a great relationship with him. We’re going to continue working with him on a number of issues. Just because we may differ on issues from time to time doesn’t mean we don’t have an incredibly strong relationship. We’ll continue those conversations with him,” Sanders said.

We have reached out to Gov. Scott for comments on this seeming dismissal of his position.

Scott joins his likely opponent in this year’s Senate race, Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson, in opposing the expansion of offshore drilling proposed by the Trump White House.

“This plan is an assault on Florida’s economy, our national security, the will of the public and the environment. This proposal defies all common sense and I will do everything I can to defeat it.”

Sen. Marco Rubio also opposes expansion of drilling.

“I have long supported the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, which is not slated to expire until 2022, and introduced legislation to extend the moratorium until 2027. As the Department of Interior works to finalize their draft plan, I urge Secretary Zinke to recognize the Florida Congressional delegation’s bipartisan efforts to maintain and extend the moratorium in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico, and remove this area for future planning purposes,” Rubio said.

Time is of the essence.

The Washington Examiner reports that Interior Secretary Zinke seeks to roll out a plan starting in 2019 that would allow the most ambitious offshore drilling program ever.

Florida politicians may oppose it. But does the White House care?

Bill Nelson threatens to block rollback of offshore drilling regulations

Bill Nelson is prepared to invoke a procedural rule in an attempt to block the Donald Trump administration’s latest efforts to rollback several safety standards put in place after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig disaster.

The Florida Democrat’s announcement on the Senate floor Wednesday was made just days after the U.S. Department of Interior released for public comment its latest proposal to reverse a series of safety regulations put in place to prevent another incident like the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

Among the provisions the agency is seeking to remove is one that requires a third-party to certify that an oil rig’s blowout preventer is functioning properly.

“Almost five million barrels of oil spilled as a result of a defective device called a blowout preventer,” Nelson said. “Now, what the Interior Department and this administration is trying to do is undo the updated standards for shear rams and blowout preventers and is trying to get rid of a required third party to certify the safety mechanisms.”

The Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, which regulates offshore oil and natural gas drilling, says the proposed rule changes are intended to reduce “unnecessary burden” on the energy industry, saving $228 million over 10 years without compromising safety.

“By reducing the regulatory burden on industry, we are encouraging increased domestic oil and gas production while maintaining a high bar for safety and environmental sustainability,” said BSEE Director Scott A. Angelle last Thursday.

In order to stop the rollback, Nelson says he will invoke a procedural rule known as the Congressional Review Act, which gives Congress the power to overturn an agency’s final rule. Legislators seeking to block an agency rule from taking effect can file a so-called Resolution of Disapproval within 60 days of a final rule being sent to Congress.

If a Resolution of Disapproval is approved by a majority in both the House and Senate and signed into law by the president, the agency’s rule would be overturned.

“I hope the public understands that and starts registering some complaints, and I hope that during that time every Floridian remembers what happened to us when the beaches of Pensacola beach were blackened with tar and oil and we lost a whole season of our guests, our tourists who come to this extraordinary state of natural environment, the beautiful Florida beaches,” Nelson said.

“I hope that every Floridian will remember, whether you were a hotelier, restaurateur, whether you are the dry cleaners, whether you had the taxi services, when you got hit in your pocketbook, I hope that every American who rightly has an interest in protecting our beaches, our oceans, our marine life, decides to write in and complain to Secretary (Ryan) Zinke exactly what he’s putting at risk with this proposal.”

Over the weekend, Vern Buchanan also criticized the rollback.

In a statement, the Longboat Key Republican congressman called the proposal by the Interior Department’s Bureau of Safety and Environment Enforcement “rash and reckless.”

If it is not withdrawn, Buchanan said he would urge Congress to intercede.

“Have we forgotten the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe so soon?” Buchanan added, referring to the 2010 explosion of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people and led to one of the worst oil spills and environmental disasters in U.S. history.

“This is a recipe for disaster.”

The rule ensuring safety devices took six years to implement, and Nelson says it could go away in less than a month, as the proposal is open to public comment only until January 29.

“You’re not going to get six years this time,” he said. “You’re only going to get 30 days.”


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