Landrieu explains why she's blocking Lew
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
| October 6, 2010; 5:05 PM ET
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