Cassidy: “Rational Policy Prevails with Court’s Decision”

June 22, 2010

WASHINGTON– Louisiana Congressman Bill Cassidy today applauded the decision by U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman to issue an injunction that overturns President Obama’s six month moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Judge Feldman ruled in his written opinion that the stated reasoning for the moratorium by the Obama Administration “simply cannot justify the immeasurable effect on the plaintiffs, the local economy, the Gulf region, and the critical present-day aspect of the availability of domestic energy in this country.”

“This decision realigns federal policy with the findings of independent scientists and engineers who objected to the President’s moratorium in favor of rational, fact-based reforms,” said Cassidy. “It is welcome news for thousands of Louisiana welders, pipefitters, engineers, and roustabouts whose jobs were threatened by a political decision.”

Cassidy recently introduced a bill to legislatively repeal President Obama’s moratorium. Cassidy’s legislation, the Gulf Coast Jobs Preservation Act, has attracted 46 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, including the entire Louisiana House delegation. More information on the bill can be found at

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