SOUDER’S SELLOUT – NUMBERS EVEN HIGHER IN OPPOSITION TO DUMPING IN LAKE MICHIGAN

Okay – I couldn’t help myself after finding out the vote was even more lopsided than originally reported. It was not 387-26; it was 399-24 according to an article by Slyvia Smith over at JG. So here is the “official” news release with the Representative’s out-of-touch musings:

 

Souder Votes for Energy Independence

Opposes Democrats’ Stunt Targeting Hoosier Refinery

July 25, 2007

U.S. Rep. Mark Souder voted today to lower the cost of gasoline and reduce America’s reliance on Middle East oil by voting against H.Con.Res. 187, a resolution introduced by the House Democrat Caucus chairman that would express Congress’ disapproval of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s (IDEM’s) issuance of a permit relating to BP’s Whiting refinery. Despite Souder’s objection, the Democrat-controlled House passed the non-binding resolution by an overwhelming majority.

“We hear a lot of talk about energy independence and the need for lower gas costs, and yet the Democrat leadership has decided to target Indiana’s refinery in Whiting,” Souder said. “The expansion of this refinery will help us import more Canadian crude oil, which reduces our reliance on Middle East oil, and it will increase refinery capacity by 15 percent, which will lower the price of gas at the pumps.”

“BP is investing more than $3 billion in our state, and Democrats are targeting it—ostensibly for environmental reasons—despite the fact that the plant will still fall within federal pollution guidelines,” Souder added. “This appears to be a sham, and I’m frankly disappointed that the House passed the bill by such a wide margin.”

Last year, BP America Inc. announced that it will invest $3.5 billion in its Whiting, Indiana, refinery to reconfigure its operations to handle Canadian heavy crude oil processing. BP’s investment will create up to 80 new permanent full-time jobs and 2,500 jobs during the three-year construction phase.

By reconfiguring the refinery so as to handle Canadian heavy crude, the Whiting facility has the potential to increase its production of motor fuels by about 15 percent (resulting in about 1.7 million additional gallons of gasoline and diesel per day). Because refining Canadian crude produces more ammonia, BP was issued a new permit by IDEM relating to discharge from its wastewater treatment plant. The discharge falls within federal and state environmental safeguards.

The current lack of refining capacity in the United States is tied directly to the high price of gas.

Every time I read this misguided attempt at blaming Democrats, I don’t know whether to get angry or to laugh a little harder. Souder calls the Resolution a “stunt” by Democrats. I bet he was shocked when dozens and dozens of his Republican colleagues jumped ship and sided with the Democratic “stunt.”

 

 

Lake Michigan at Sunset

 

Below is the actual vote before correction. This shows the vote at the original numbers of 387-26. Democrats are in regular font; Republicans are in italics. Yes siree – what a stunt. The sad thing though is that all of Indiana’s Republican representatives – Buyer, Pence, Burton, and Souder – voted to oppose the Resolution. All of Indiana’s Democratic representatives voted to support the Resolution.

Of course, none of the four Republican representatives from Indiana has districts which border Lake Michigan and are impacted by its waters. But neither do three of the five Democratic representatives; only two – Pete Visclosky of the 1st district and Joe Donnelly of the 2nd district – have areas impacted by Lake Michigan. The difference is that the four Indiana Republican representatives failed to protect their own state’s environment, while the five Democratic representatives recognized the environmental dangers of increasing toxic dumping in Lake Michigan as well as the dangers to the shores and environment of our sister states.

Ackerman
Aderholt
Akin
Alexander
Allen
Altmire
Andrews
Arcuri
Baca
Bachmann
Bachus
Baird
Baker
Baldwin
Barrett (SC)
Barrow
Bartlett (MD)
Bean
Becerra
Berkley
Berman
Berry
Biggert
Bilbray
Bilirakis
Bishop (GA)
Bishop (NY)
Blumenauer
Bonner
Bono
Boozman
Boren
Boswell
Boucher
Boustany
Boyd (FL)
Boyda (KS)
Brady (PA)
Braley (IA)
Brown (SC)
Brown, Corrine
Buchanan
Burgess
Butterfield
Calvert
Camp (MI)
Campbell (CA)
Capito
Capps
Capuano
Cardoza
Carnahan
Carney
Carter
Castle
Castor
Chabot
Chandler
Clay
Cleaver
Clyburn
Coble
Cohen
Cole (OK)
Conyers
Cooper
Costa
Costello
Courtney
Cramer
Crenshaw
Crowley
Cuellar
Cummings
Davis (AL)
Davis (CA)
Davis (IL)
Davis (KY)
Davis, David
Davis, Tom
Deal (GA)
DeFazio
DeGette
Delahunt
DeLauro
Dent
Dicks
Dingell
Doggett
Donnelly
Doolittle
Doyle
Drake
Dreier
Duncan
Edwards
Ehlers
Ellison
Ellsworth
Emanuel
Emerson
Engel
English (PA)
Eshoo
Etheridge
Everett
Fallin
Farr
Fattah
Feeney
Ferguson
Filner
Forbes
Fortenberry
Fossella
Frank (MA)
Frelinghuysen
Gallegly
Garrett (NJ)
Gerlach
Giffords
Gilchrest
Gillibrand
Gillmor
Gingrey
Gonzalez
Goode
Goodlatte
Gordon
Granger
Graves
Green, Al
Green, Gene
Grijalva
Gutierrez
Hall (NY)
Hall (TX)
Hare
Harman
Hastert
Hastings (FL)
Hastings (WA)
Hayes
Heller
Herger
Herseth Sandlin
Higgins
Hill
Hinchey
Hinojosa
Hirono
Hodes
Hoekstra
Holden
Holt
Honda
Hooley
Hoyer
Hulshof
Hunter
Inglis (SC)
Inslee
Israel
Issa
Jackson (IL)
Jackson-Lee (TX)
Jefferson
Jindal
Johnson (GA)
Johnson (IL)
Johnson, E. B.
Johnson, Sam
Jones (NC)
Jones (OH)
Jordan
Kagen
Kanjorski
Kaptur
Keller
Kennedy
Kildee
Kilpatrick
Kind
King (IA)
King (NY)
Kingston
Kirk
Klein (FL)
Kline (MN)
Knollenberg
Kucinich
Kuhl (NY)
Lampson
Langevin
Lantos
Larsen (WA)
Larson (CT)
Latham
LaTourette
Lee
Levin
Lewis (CA)
Lewis (GA)
Lewis (KY)
Linder
Lipinski
LoBiondo
Loebsack
Lofgren, Zoe
Lowey
Lucas
Lynch
Mack
Mahoney (FL)
Maloney (NY)
Manzullo
Markey
Matheson
Matsui
McCarthy (CA)
McCarthy (NY)
McCaul (TX)
McCollum (MN)
McCotter
McCrery
McDermott
McGovern
McHenry
McHugh
McIntyre
McKeon
McMorris Rodgers
McNerney
McNulty
Meek (FL)
Meeks (NY)
Melancon
Mica
Michaud
Miller (FL)
Miller (MI)
Miller (NC)
Miller, George
Mitchell
Mollohan
Moore (KS)
Moore (WI)
Moran (KS)
Moran (VA)
Murphy (CT)
Murphy, Patrick
Murphy, Tim
Murtha
Musgrave
Myrick
Nadler
Napolitano
Neal (MA)
Neugebauer
Nunes
Oberstar
Obey
Olver
Ortiz
Pallone
Pascrell
Pastor
Paul
Payne
Pearce
Perlmutter
Peterson (MN)
Petri
Pickering
Pitts
Platts
Pomeroy
Porter
Price (GA)
Price (NC)
Pryce (OH)
Putnam
Radanovich
Rahall
Ramstad
Rangel
Regula
Rehberg
Reichert
Renzi
Reyes
Reynolds
Rodriguez
Rogers (AL)
Rogers (KY)
Rogers (MI)
Rohrabacher
Ros-Lehtinen
Roskam
Ross
Rothman
Roybal-Allard
Ruppersberger
Rush
Ryan (OH)
Ryan (WI)
Salazar
Sánchez, Linda T.
Sanchez, Loretta
Sarbanes
Saxton
Schakowsky
Schiff
Schmidt
Schwartz
Scott (GA)
Scott (VA)
Serrano
Sessions
Sestak
Shays
Shea-Porter
Sherman
Shimkus
Shuler
Shuster
Sires
Skelton
Slaughter
Smith (NE)
Smith (NJ)
Smith (TX)
Smith (WA)
Snyder
Solis
Space
Spratt
Stark
Stearns
Stupak
Sullivan
Sutton
Tancredo
Tanner
Tauscher
Taylor
Terry
Thompson (CA)
Thompson (MS)
Thornberry
Tiahrt
Tiberi
Tierney
Towns
Turner
Udall (CO)
Udall (NM)
Upton
Van Hollen
Velázquez
Visclosky
Walberg
Walden (OR)
Walsh (NY)
Walz (MN)
Wasserman Schultz
Waters
Watson
Watt
Waxman
Weiner
Welch (VT)
Weldon (FL)
Weller
Westmoreland
Wexler
Whitfield
Wicker
Wilson (NM)
Wilson (OH)
Wilson (SC)
Wolf
Woolsey
Wu
Wynn
Yarmuth
Young (FL)

—- NAYS 26 —

Barton (TX)
Bishop (UT)
Blackburn
Blunt
Boehner
Brady (TX)
Burton (IN)
Buyer
Cannon
Cantor
Conaway
Culberson
Flake
Foxx
Franks (AZ)
Hensarling
Lamborn
Lungren, Daniel E.
Marchant
Miller, Gary
Pence
Poe
Royce
Shadegg
Simpson
Souder

—- ANSWERED “PRESENT” 2 —

Gohmert Sali

—- NOT VOTING 16 —

Abercrombie
Brown-Waite, Ginny
Carson
Clarke
Cubin
Davis, Jo Ann
Davis, Lincoln
Diaz-Balart, L.
Diaz-Balart, M.
Hobson
LaHood
Marshall
Peterson (PA)
Sensenbrenner
Wamp
Young (AK)

As can be seen from the picture below, Lake Michigan is the only one of of the five Great Lakes to lie entirely within the boundaries of the United States.

 

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About Charlotte A. Weybright

I own a home in the historical West Central Neighborhood of Fort Wayne, Indiana. I have four grown sons and nine grandchildren - four grandsons and five granddaughters. I love to work on my home, and I enjoy crafts of all types. But, most of all, I enjoy being involved in political and community issues.
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