Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, issued the following statement after President Obama's Oval Office address Tuesday night:
“Every day seems to bring more bad news about the size and scope of this crisis, and reversing that trend should be the President’s priority. Legislation to respond to this oil spill should be an opportunity for genuine bipartisan cooperation, the kind that the President so frequently says he wants and the kind that has been sorely needed and sorely lacking in this midst of this tragedy. The White House may view this oil spill as an opportunity to push its agenda in Washington, but Americans are more concerned about what it plans to do to solve the crisis at hand.
“Like most Americans, Republicans support an energy policy that seeks to produce more American energy and use less. But while the BP-endorsed legislation the President supports will raise energy prices for every American family and business, it won’t end our dependence on foreign oil or protect the coastline and marshes of the Gulf coast.”