Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart: Not the time to be apologetic

Jun 17, 2010
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC-Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) made the following statement on the handling of the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast:

“For nearly 60 days oil has been creeping onto our shoreline damaging the wellbeing and livelihood of thousands of Americans and our environment, while the Administration and BP have acted irresponsibly, lacked leadership, mismanaged this crisis, and let the bureaucratic red tape get in the way of taking any real action.  

“This is no time to be apologetic to the Administration and much less to BP.  BP must be held accountable for the spill and its devastating aftermath. This tragedy should not be any more of a financial burden than it already is on American taxpayers.  BP must pay for every penny spent on clean up and I am glad that it has already indicated its willingness to do so. The primary concern should lay with the fisherman, small businesses and communities feeling firsthand the brutal consequences of the spill, not the oil corporations,” said Diaz-Balart.