McCain and Obama Senate Vote On Ofshore Drilling

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 14:25

McCain and Obama Senate Vote

On Offshore Drilling


Crucial to our long-term national security is a comprehensive energy policycommitted to utilizing domestic energy sources to their fullest, sourcesincluding nuclear, ethanol and methanol, wind and solar, oil, and natural gas.Such a policy would not only decrease our dependence on foreign oil, it wouldcreate millions of new jobs.

A hotly debated issue during this election year has been whether or not to openup America’s vast offshore potential of oil and natural gas to exploration anddrilling. ACT! for America considers this an essential component of acomprehensive energy strategy.

John McCain has said he supports greatly expanded offshore exploration anddrilling. Barack Obama has made statements, such as in the last debate, that hewould “look at” offshore oil and gas exploration.

The ACT! for America Congressional Scorecard sheds light on the positions ofthe two candidates. In 2006, Senate Vote 219 passed with bi-partisan support.

This legislation would have allowed increased exploration and drilling for oiland natural gas in areas of the Gulf of Mexico.

John McCain voted FOR this legislation. Barack Obama voted AGAINST thislegislation. Joe Biden, Barack Obama’s running mate, also voted AGAINST thislegislation.


There is an old axiom that says “actions speak louder than words.”

To check out other votes on our Congressional Scorecard, please clickhere.

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