Spill Report Rekindles Democratic Push for Reform

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Democrats in Congress pledged Tuesday to push for tougher regulation of offshore drilling and to make oil
companies more financially responsible for spills -- steps a
presidential panel says are necessary to prevent another
catastrophic blowout.

The National Oil Spill Commission unanimously endorsed 15
recommendations to the oil industry, Congress and the Obama
administration for preventing another large-scale oil spill.

Commissioners say most require action by Congress, but some
could be done independently by the Obama administration.

The 380-page report provides an opening for Democrats to
rekindle legislative efforts that failed after last year's oil
spill, the largest offshore incident in U.S. history.

But they'll face an even tougher road to passage this year, with
a Republican majority in the House of Representatives set on
cutting spending and reducing the government's regulation of

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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