Vitter: “Forget Melancon’s ‘Sham’ Amendment – He Voted AGAINST Lifting the Moratorium When Given the Opportunity”
(Metairie, La) – There has been plenty of controversy over Congressman Charlie Melancon’s ‘sham’ amendment to H.R. 3534, the CLEAR Act. But the real story isn’t Melancon’s attempt to defend his Pelosi-supported amendment to Louisianians, it is that he voted against Congressman Bill Cassidy’s legislation to immediately lift Obama’s job-killing moratorium in the House. The rest of the Louisiana delegation voted against Melancon’s shell and uniformly-supported Cassidy’s legislation.
Cassidy’s legislation goes directly after Obama’s job-killing moratorium by stating that the administration’s directive “shall have no force or effect.” Period.
The amendment was defeated by a vote of 166 – 239. Charlie Melancon voted NO.
“Charlie Melancon voted NO on lifting Obama’s job-killing moratorium,” Sen. David Vitter said. “Let him try to defend his ‘sham’ amendment that was endorsed by Nancy Pelosi, but how can he explain voting NO on legislation to immediately lift the moratorium?”
Melancon’s amendment to H.R. 3534, the CLEAR Act, was endorsed by Speaker Nancy Pelosi but OPPOSED by the Louisiana delegation and people in the Louisiana oil and gas industry citing that it DOES NOT lift the moratorium.
Congressman Joseph Cao went as far as to claim that Melancon must have been “duped.”
In an article in the Houma Courier, Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Don Briggs summed up the impact of Melancon’s amendment saying “It’s a sham . It’s a de facto moratorium. He has done absolutely nothing.”