Washington, DC—Nevada Senator Harry Reid made the following remarks at a press conference earlier this afternoon to announce that the Senate will resume consideration of The Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Act when it returns from August recess. Below are his remarks as prepared for delivery:
“It’s a sad day when not even a single Republican will support a bill that would create up to 700,000 clean energy jobs, and hold BP accountable for the cost of its disaster.
“As you know, we had planned a vote tomorrow on our energy plan. But it’s clear that Republicans remain determined to stand in the way of everything.
“Since Republicans refuse to move forward with any meaningful debate, we will postpone tomorrow’s votes on energy until after the recess. In the interim, we will continue to work to get Republican votes for a strong bill that holds BP accountable, creates jobs, lowers costs and protects the environment.
“The Republicans have proposed an alternative. But Democrats can’t and shouldn’t vote for the Republican bill that doesn’t even hold BP accountable for the enormous economic damages it’s caused to Gulf Coast communities. Their bill doesn’t create a single job, and it doesn’t do anything to end our addiction to oil.
“Several key Republicans have said they need more time to consider our bill and its merits. We’re giving them that chance. I hope it will lead to a reasonable discussion and their support.”