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CONGRESSWOMAN JACKSON LEE IN GULF OIL SPILL WAYS AND MEANS HEARING

CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON LEE PARTICIPATES IN ENERGY AND COMMERCE (ways and means) HEARING ON GULF OIL SPILL

“This oil spill is going to stretch from one end of the Gulf to the next. As a Representative from the Gulf Region, who has many constituents who have been adversely affected by the oil spill, it is imperative for us to have a voice in the process to save lives, jobs and the environment, and to create a clear headed energy policy.”

Washington, DC: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Houston, a senior Member of the House Judiciary Committee and Chairwoman of the Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee of the Homeland Security Committee, was invited by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to participate in this morning’s hearing on the oil spill in the Gulf.

During the hearing entitled: “Drilling Down on America’s Energy Future: Safety, Security, and Clean Energy,” Congresswoman Jackson Lee had the opportunity to question representatives from ExxonMobil, Chevron, ConocoPhilips, BP and Shell. During the hearing, Congresswoman Jackson Lee stated “This oil spill is going to stretch from one end of the Gulf to the next. As a Representative from the Gulf Region, who has many constituents who have been adversely affected by the oil spill, it is imperative for us to have a voice in the process to save lives, jobs and the environment, and to create a clear headed energy policy.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee visited the Gulf in late May to assess the impact of the oil spill on people living in the coastal communities, businesses and the environment, and has been actively engaged in seeking immediate solutions to the consequences of the oil spill, now in its fifty-seventh (57th) day.

Congresswoman Jackson Lee has also drafted legislation that will assist victims of the oil spill in the Gulf Region, and victims of future oil spills, requiring that they receive full compensation for their claims for losses. The bill will also ensure that small oil companies remain viable. More important, provisions in the bill will ensure that the victims of the explosion and their families will receive compensation.

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