sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) voted against an amendment for President Joe Biden to develop a five-year oil and gas program in the Gulf of Mexico, despite previously urging the president on it.
Before Democrats passed the “Inflation Reduction” Act, Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) proposed an amendment to the massive spending bill that would prompt the Biden administration to launch a gas and oil plan in the Gulf of Mexico based on the letter Manchin and Kelly wrote on March 31.
“We are writing to urge you to develop and implement a new five-year oil and gas production program in the Gulf of Mexico without delay,” Kennedy said.
Kennedy said on the US Senate floor that his “amendment would comply with that request and make it a congressional guideline.”
sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) pushed for a “no” vote on the amendment, arguing that it “would jeopardize the whole package”.
“All my amendment does is pass Senator Manchin’s letter and Senator Kelly’s letter, well-written and well-motivated, and make it a Congressional directive. That’s all it does,” Kennedy concluded.
When the amendment went to vote, Mark Kelly issued a “No.”
Astonishing – Mark Kelly and Joe Manchin wrote to Biden in March requesting a plan for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico. He ignored it.
Senator Kennedy last night proposed an amendment requiring the Biden admin to comply with Kelly and Manchin’s request.
Kelly voted against https://t.co/7A1S4sYRjZ
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 8, 2022
The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the massive spending package on Sunday, which reportedly aims to reduce the deficit and curb inflation while “expanding increased Obamacare subsidies, spending more than $300 billion on climate change programs, and allowing Medicare.” negotiate the price of drugs,” Breitbart News said.
The bill was passed along party lines after the moderate Manchin struck a deal with Biden after months of resistance. Vice President Kamala Harris provided the decisive vote.
In a statement following the vote, the Republican National Committee chairman said Democrats will face repercussions in the midterm elections in November.
“Democrats will pay the price in November for raising taxes on families during a recession,” McDaniel told Breitbart News.