October 20, 2011
Contact: Matt Dempsey (202) 224-9797 Matt_Dempsey@epw.senate.gov
Katie Brown (202) 224-2160 Katie_Brown@epw.senate.gov
Inhofe Welcomes Vote Agreement on Obama Nominee for Commerce
“John Byrson is simply too extreme for the position of Secretary of Commerce, and in the coming days and weeks, I will be working with my conservative colleagues in an effort to block his confirmation.”
Washington, D.C.-Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, today welcomed an agreement reached last night with Majority Leader Harry Reid to move forward with a vote on President Obama’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, John Bryson. Under the agreement, there will be four hours of debate equally divided between Republicans and Democrats. Importantly, the nomination will require sixty votes to be approved.
“I appreciate Majority Leader Reid agreeing to put a sixty vote threshold on the nomination of John Bryson for Secretary of Commerce and extending the period of debate on the Senate Floor,” Senator Inhofe said. “Today as the United States faces sky high unemployment it is critical that we take a close look the person who will be in charge of the Department of Commerce.
“John Bryson is simply too extreme for the position of Secretary of Commerce, and in the intervening time, I will be working with my conservative colleagues in an effort to block his confirmation. Mr. Bryson in 2010 called the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill 'a moderate but acceptable bill.' This is legislation that would cost American taxpayers billions of dollars, destroy hundreds of thousands of jobs, and hurt families and workers by raising the price of gasoline and electricity – yet he thinks it is 'moderate.'
“President Obama nominated Bryson specifically because he is a ‘fierce proponent of alternative energy.’ But with more than 9% unemployment and the complete collapse of the solar company, Solyndra, the President's green agenda is clearly not creating jobs. Rather than continue down this failed path, it’s time to change course and embrace domestic energy resources that will put Americans back to work. This energy plan has been successful in Oklahoma: oil and natural gas development has led to a tremendous economic boost and the creation of good paying jobs.
“The upcoming Senate debate over the nomination of John Bryson will provide a perfect opportunity to put the spotlight directly on President Obama’s failed green energy agenda, from the Solyndra debacle to the Environmental Protection Agency’s 'train wreck' regulations. It’s time that the Senate has a serious debate about how best to promote a strong domestic energy agenda that will help create American jobs."