Alexander Speaks on House Floor Remembering Those Lost in Deepwater Horizon Explosion

May 27, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, today took to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the workers who lost their lives on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform in the Gulf Coast.

“Across Louisiana, our communities are filled with families, who generation after generation, have been the backbone of our nation’s offshore workforce,” said Alexander. “Sacrificing so much, these hardworking individuals are gone for days at a time without seeing their loved ones.

“On April 20, families from Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas suffered the untimely loss of devoted husbands, sons and brothers. We must continue to offer our prayers and provide support to our friends and neighbors whose loved ones will not return home.”

Today, the House passed H.Res.1347, which honors the workers who perished, extends condolences to their families, and recognizes the valiant efforts of emergency response workers at the disaster site.

“Going forward, government officials, at all levels, must continuously work with British Petroleum to identify the cause so that a similar disaster is prevented in the future. We must dedicate the resources needed to halt the leak, and do all we can to aid the cleanup of our coastline and waters.”

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