Landrieu Fights for Subpoena Power for BP Oil Spill Investigation

June 8, 2010

Legislation granting Presidential Commission subpoena power would facilitate complete, accurate investigation into BP oil spill.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu (D-La.), along with nine Senate colleagues, today introduced legislation to grant subpoena power to the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, which President Obama created by executive order on May 22. Congress has previously granted subpoena power to presidential commissions investigating national crises, including the Warren Commission and the Three Mile Island Commission.

“The White House Commission tasked with investigating this terrible accident must have every available tool to examine what went wrong and recommend appropriate steps to ensure it never happens again,” said Landrieu. “Subpoena power will give the Commission the teeth needed to get this job done right so that offshore energy production can resume quickly and safely. The people of the Gulf Coast cannot afford to sit by and wait out any stonewalling by the people responsible for this disaster.”

Other sponsors of the legislation include Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Patty Murray (D-WA), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Bob Casey (D-PA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). The Senators strongly believe that the BP Commission must have subpoena power to ensure access to all the evidence it needs to undertake a complete investigation on the causes of the spill and make meaningful recommendations on how to prevent similar disasters. Today, Representatives Lois Capps (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) plan to introduce similar legislation in the House.

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