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Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said Thursday she would block Jack Lew's nomination for White House budget director until the administration lifts its moratorium on deep-water oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Landrieu wrote that while she believes Lew is qualified to serve as head of the Office of Management and Budget, he lacks "sufficient concern for the host of economic challenges confronting the Gulf Coast."

Landrieu has been an outspoken opponent of the drilling moratorium, which she says has a negative impact on the economy of her home state.

"Due to the administration's unwillingness to reverse or modify its policy that has halted all deep-water and nearly all shallow-water energy exploration, I cannot in good conscience allow this nomination to proceed until I receive a commitment from Mr. Lew, the president or another senior economic advisor to reverse these policies, which have been so detrimental to working families across the Gulf Coast," Landrieu wrote.

The administration put a six-month hold on deep-water drilling in May, weeks after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that sent crude pouring into the Gulf for months. The moratorium is set to expire Nov. 30.

Kenneth Baer, communications director for the White House budget office, said it was critical that Lew be confirmed quickly in order to fill the position left empty since Peter Orszag stepped down in July.

"Jack Lew has received overwhelming, bipartisan support from senators across the spectrum in both committees," Baer wrote in an e-mailed statement. "Especially during this critical time in our economy and in our fiscal situation, the Senate should move quickly to vote on his confirmation before it recesses at the end of the month."

Under congressional rules, a lone senator can block a nominee from advancing to the Senate floor

Read Landrieu's letter here.

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higgdj7

I'm curious...wasn't Louisiana and Alaska both bought and paid for with taxpayer money BEFORE these territories became states??? Why then do they receive monies from the natural resources but we the buyers don't???? Where's my check Ms. Palin? Why do you get money back but I don't? If you were "Fair and Balanced" seems you would reward me the investor that purchased your territory in the first place. But then greed is a bitch, also>

September 30 2010 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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scott7841

People in Louisiana have to pay state income tax because we don't tax the oil that is brought in through our ports like Texas does which has no state income tax. Our shores, our ports, our roads, etc. are all being destroyed so we can bring in 1/3 of the nations oil and while the citizens pay for it. Why should we pay the extra cost of repairing stuff that is being screwed up supplying 1/3 of the nations oil?

October 01 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
higgdj7

I guess Ms. Landrieu doesn't represent any commercial fisherman, hotel owners, restaurant owners in her state. We all know the oil companies will take good care of the folks that did nothing wrong but got screwed over. What the hell, just proves both parties have people on the take from big business.

September 30 2010 at 10:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lahim

I hope that when the ban is lifted, Ms Landrieu sits down and evaluate ways to insure that he state doesn't suffer from loss of work, etc. if there are future leaks, mishaps. She would do well to look at the tax/contract/law in Alaska---PFD. This tax guarantees every man, woman, and child receives a financial benefit every single years. It is based on a tax/profit on oil companies and can range from a thousand to thousands per person, per year. Then with the tax, she can operate her state any way she likes; thus, not expecting the federal government to step in to regulate, clean up the mess, or prosecute for any infractions. I think that is a win-win for her state and the American people.

September 28 2010 at 1:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Calvin Clary

Good grief, can't you see, this is her 11th hour desperate plea to help salvage the Dems in congress. As for the government trying to determine the cause of the well disaster, THEY DON'T CARE, it is about stifling our economy so that obama and his minions can say that big oil causes more damage than good. Where was she throughout the last 4 months of this moratorium, huh??? She is just a dem with a small d and anyone with that letter at the end of their title, should be booted.

September 27 2010 at 12:36 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
tenderlies1

I guess this is a question as to Ms Landrew's true Reasons. The drilling was stopped due to questions as to whay it happened in the first place and what is the greatest loss to the total area in question. Many people make their living from the Ocean. Also in conciderstion is the destruction of the coast line area's as well. To continue drilling and not knowing why these wells are failing leaves and un answered question leaving the coast lines as well as sea food open for comtamination over and over again. All states need job's and she wishes to hold the Goverment hostage, If thats possible why doesn't she include all the states tha need job's. Thats who she works for as well. Thats the problem we have today. The Senate and Congress fight for their own Individual states while the country as well as whats good for the Country as a whole is falling apart.

September 26 2010 at 2:35 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
chiefclear

Good for Mary Landrew of La.....we need to start drilling in the Gulf and put these people back to work...and to stop workers from moving out of the usa.

September 26 2010 at 1:59 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
wolfml1

The moratorium is giving the government time to make sure no more leaks happen. Let them drill, have another catastrophe, and see how Louisiana and the gulf states like it then. Where was Sen. Mary Landrieu and the gulf state Representatives when BP, and all the other oil companies were given Carte Blanche to do what they wanted. I don't hear her or any other politicians asking for the Head of the Jack Asses in Washington who allowed BP with all their violations,to be allowed to build an allegedly faulty well off their states? How many more bad wells are there?

September 26 2010 at 10:08 AM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
The Pete Barnes

Maybe she can be bought out again as she was on the health care.

September 25 2010 at 10:12 PM Report abuse +9 rate up rate down Reply
Bill of Rights

Yea!, for Senator Landrieu, as it sounds as if she has some common sense. Also appeares she is doing the Senate job that her voters sent her to Washington to do for them and their State of LA. As a strong Rep. I'll follow her on her future voting record.

September 25 2010 at 9:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lynette

wind solar and geothermal are wonderful thoughts, maybe in 50yrs or so we'll have the technology to make them practical on a large scale. oil and natural gas are our best energy sources until then. what I don't understand is why we drill in water when we have more oil (N and S Dakota) underground than any other country in the world.

September 25 2010 at 9:29 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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