CRIST OFFERS BIPARTISAN AMENDMENT TO PROTECT MILITARY READINESS FROM OFFSHORE DRILLING
Congressman Charlie Crist (D-St. Petersburg) is offering an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act in the House Rules Committee today, which would encourage the prioritization of military readiness over offshore energy exploration and extraction. The amendment aligns with the Department of Defense’s position that increased offshore drilling would conflict with missions and training exercises.
The amendment has bipartisan support from Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Val Demings (D-FL), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Al Lawson (D-FL), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), Brian Mast (R-FL), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Darren Soto (D-FL), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL). (Please find attached a copy of the amendment).
"Offshore drilling should not be allowed to interfere with our military readiness. It puts the health of our environment and economy at risk, we can’t also allow it to put our national security at risk," said Crist. "The bipartisan support of our amendment shows the importance of prioritizing military readiness over further exploration, and I hope to see similar support for this common-sense effort in the Rules Committee and on the House floor."