We’ve got a special going this week for Wimp Wednesday, 3 for the price of 1.
Representatives Fortenberry, Terry, and Smith (hereafter known as the Three Amigos) all voted against legislation that would hold BP accountable for their oil spill in the Gulf.
Last week the House passed the Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources (CLEAR) Act. CLEAR restricts offshore drilling leases to companies that have poor safety records (like… oh… BP?), breaks up the Mineral Management Services (which wasn’t regulating oil companies like BP), imposed conservation fees on oil and natural gas (which BP sells), and eliminated the $75 million cap on energy firms’ liability costs for oil spills (like BP’s in the Gulf).
Nebraska’s Three Amigos all voted against this legislation that would curb the power of oil giants like BP and hold them accountable.
All three recieved money from interest groups that opposed the CLEAR Act. Though Terry takes the cake with a whopping $21,000 (Smith sits at $9,750 and Fortenberry at $500).
For siding with lobbyists and big oil instead of citizens, the Three Amigos are our Wednesday Wimps.