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Landrieu explains why she's blocking Lew

By Ed O'Keefe

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says her decision to block President Obama's pick to serve as White House budget director is "a last resort" after months of trying to convince his administration that a moratorium on deep-water oil drilling is a bad idea.

"The deep-water moratorium has become a de facto shallow-water drilling ban affecting thousands of small businesses across the gulf, the vast majority of which have nothing to do with drilling," Landrieu writes in a letter to the editor published in Wednesday's Washington Post.

The Post's editorial board on Sunday blasted Landrieu's hold on Lew, stating that holding his nomination "hostage is not the right way to express that concern."

"Despite The Post's claim to the contrary, my hold is absolutely related to Mr. Lew and the position he seeks," Landrieu wrote in response. "When we met some weeks ago, Mr. Lew gave no indication that he understood how devastating the moratorium's effect is on the Gulf Coast economy or how a prolonged blockage of new offshore oil production can affect the national economy."

Either way, the Office of Management and Budget is without a permanent leader and the deepwater moratorium is still in place.

Read Landrieu's letter to the editor and leave your thoughts in the comments section below

By Ed O'Keefe  | October 6, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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How soon until we see the MSM blaming Republicans for this?!! Democrats can pretty much pass anything they want right now, including the extension of Bush tax cuts.

But the Democrats keep playing the game (with willing accomplices in the media) of blaming Republicans for not being able to pass anything.

My question to reasonable-minded voters is this: if Democrats can do nothing with the most lopsided majorities in both houses of Congress in decades, then why would you EVER vote for a Democrat again!! They are obviously inept!

Posted by: dbw1 | October 6, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

Good for Senator Landrieu. Obama does not care about America and Americans. He has done all he could in 18 months to destroy this country. Since more democrats have not stood up to him, republicans should take control in Nov 2010. If not, our country is lost to us forever. Unless, that is, the Supreme Court finds he is not a natural born citizen. Then all his bad things and people will be reversed.

Posted by: annnort | October 6, 2010 7:40 PM | Report abuse

It is shocking! A senator of 14 years standing does not know what the job of the OMB director is.

It is shocking! A senator does not recognize that the moratorium is an environmental matter that has economic consequences - potentially very good consequences for the tourist and seafood industries.

Posted by: dangamber | October 6, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

oh stop your whining. if the republicans wanted to help clean up their own mess they wouldn't have used the filibuster a record number of times thereby making the dems in the senate need 60 votes to do anything. last i counted there is not a 60 vote supermajority in the senate. drilling for explorartion such as the deepwater horizon is different from a production rig. after the oil is found the drilling rig caps off the well and a production rig moves into place, usually months or years later so the moritoriam has no affect on our production. great another birther moron wanting to protect our country from the black man. why don't you get the republicans to stop blocking subpeona power so they can get to the bottom of what happened on the deepwater horizon. what do they have to hide?

Posted by: blinwilly | October 6, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Obama just hasn't offered her a big enough bribe. It took $100 million to buy her vote for Obamacare.

November can't come soon enough!

Posted by: 2012frank | October 6, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

I am always amazed that the stupidest, most truly ignorant people seem to have managed to purchase a computer and figure out how to post on blogs. These people can't spell or read a birth certificate, but they can do that.

Posted by: baldinho | October 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Landrieu would sell her children if the oil industry told her to do it!

Posted by: WmHooper | October 6, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

Either way, the Office of Management and Budget is without a permanent leader and the deepwater moratorium is still in place.


Well, and whose fault is that!? The WP should spend some time on the underlying story - the spill and the admin's response to it. For instance, where is your story on the spill commission's draft report? Where is your analysis piece on the effects of the moratorium? Where is the story on how the moratorium was supposedly suppoted by the commission only to find out said commission did not promote or fully support it?

Great job WP as always. (dripping with sarcasm)

Posted by: sagedutch | October 6, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

This is but another example of how one senator can bringthe entire government to a screeching halt. The founders of our great nation never intended for one person to halt all progress. Mary Landrieu has displayed once again that she is part of the problem.

As for you redneck ignoramuses who bash the Prez on a regular basis it might help if you stopped drinking beer long enough to have a clear thought. The fact that there is a moratorium on drilling in the Gulf has absolutely nothing to do with managing thebudget. But you goofballs just keep pickling that excuse of a brain.

Posted by: agrossman1 | October 7, 2010 8:48 AM | Report abuse

I have known Mary for a long time. In Louisiana, like other states, Demo's are in trouble. Mary will do anything to plan for her next election. She may well have a strong challenge from the current governer in her next bid. She will use this in her future ads.

Posted by: chruncher50 | October 7, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

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