Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ) voted against President Joe Biden’s amendment to create a five-year plan for oil and gas in the Gulf of Mexico, despite previously urging the president to do so.
Before Democrats passed the “lower inflation” bill, Sen. John F. Kennedy (R-LA) proposed an amendment to the huge spending bill that would have the Biden administration develop a gas and oil plan for the Gulf of Mexico based on the letter Manchin and Kelly made in March wrote on the 31st.
“We are writing to urge you to develop and implement without delay a new five-year plan for oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico,” the letter reportedly said, according to Kennedy.
Speaking before the U.S. Senate, Kennedy said his “amendment would satisfy this requirement and make it a Congressional directive.”
Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) urged a vote against the amendment, arguing it would “jeopardize the entire package.”
“All I’ve done to fix that is take Senator Manchin’s letter and Senator Kelly’s letter well, for good reason, and make it a congressional directive. That’s all it does,” Kennedy concluded.
When the amendment went to a vote, Mark Kelly issued a “no.”
Amazing – Mark Kelly and Joe Manchin wrote to Biden in March asking him to develop an oil and gas plan for the Gulf of Mexico. He ignored it.
Senator Kennedy last night introduced an amendment requiring Biden administrators to comply with Kelly and Manchin’s demands.
Kelly voted against https://t.co/7A1S4sYRjZ
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) August 8, 2022
The Democratic-controlled Senate passed a massive spending package on Sunday, reportedly aimed at reducing deficits and curbing inflation, while “expanding Obamacare subsidies, spending more than $300 billion on climate change programs, and allowing Medicare to negotiate on drug prices.” negotiations,” according to Breitbart News.
The bill passed partisan lines after moderate Manchin struck a deal with Biden after months of resistance. Vice President Kamala Harris offered the tie-breaking vote.
In a statement after the vote, the Republican National Committee chairman said Democrats would face consequences in November’s midterm elections.
“Democrats will pay the price in November for raising household taxes during the recession,” McDaniel told Breitbart News.