June 16th, 2010
07:45 PM ET
5 years ago

Obama seeks emergency funding for oil disaster commission

 President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $15 million in emergency funding for the new national commission investigating the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
President Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $15 million in emergency funding for the new national commission investigating the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday asked Congress for $15 million in emergency funding for the new national commission investigating the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

"The Administration asked Congress to consider an emergency budget amendment of $15 million for the Department of Energy to fund the activities of that commission," an administration official told CNN on condition of not being identified.

"This amendment would fund necessary expenses, including personnel costs, authorized travel, research and investigation costs, reimbursement to federal agencies for operational and logistical support, and other costs in carrying out the mandate of the commission," the official said.

The seven-member commission will report back by the end of the year on the causes of the disaster, as well as "options for safety and environmental precautions necessary to prevent a similar disaster from happening again," Obama wrote in a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi requesting the funds.


Filed under: Congress • Oil spill • President Obama
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Albo58

    Let BP pick up the tap and while you're at it, have this commision investigate our government's part in this fiasco, too!

    June 16, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. thor

    This is downright pathetic.The president has to ask Congress for emergency funding of 15 million for this commission while he had no problem giving 400 million in aid for housing,school construction and business development in the Palestinian territories not so long ago.Couldn't he take a few less trips to Ohio in order to help pay for this.

    June 16, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  3. A.B.

    The federal government should request reinbursement of $15 million dollars from BP for the cost of this proposed commission to investigate the Oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, the federal government can sue BP to recover the costs. The American people should not have to incur the cost of this disaster in any way, shape or form!! This BP's mess and they are legally and financially responsible!!

    June 16, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    15 million to investigate??? We all know what happened!!!! Put a cork on that pipe....

    June 16, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. bill

    That's right. start up another money eating government program....

    June 16, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    2012 can't come soon enough to vote out this socialist smoke and mirrors pony.

    June 16, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  7. Squigman

    This disaster is no laughing matter. As far as paying for it, I'm sure we'll all be held accountable in some form or another. We need to be thankful that the previous administration was not in power when this catastrophy occured. The amount of attention, and commitment to this would have been much less, with less investigation into the reason for the spill, if the republicans were in charge. Them being in big oils pockets as deep as they are, and all..

    June 16, 2010 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  8. Pam

    BP should pay for this not US.

    June 16, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  9. John

    Finally we have a President that cares about the American people and not just the American and Foreign Corporate Executives.

    Thank You President Obama!

    June 16, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  10. Marie MD

    No Mr. President,. You can't do anything to help the people in the Gulf states. It's all about you looking good to the US and the world in this catastrophic disaster.
    You are using this as a backdoor entrance to your cap and trade and energy bill.
    At least that is what boner, mitchie boy, steele say so it must be true if the rethugs say so.
    Then again, you never asked Norway to come plug the hole per the quitter or why go after BP and make them pay says bachman.

    June 16, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  11. Leslie

    You GO Pres. Obama!!!! Now let's convert all government buildings to AMERICAN MADE SOLAR PANELS!!!!!

    June 16, 2010 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  12. michael

    just make BP transocean and Halliburton pay for it all, force it out even if we must choke them

    June 16, 2010 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  13. jimmm

    seems to me that any funds that the goverment spends should be re-imbursed by BP

    June 16, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  14. James

    More spend, spend, borrow, spend, borrow, spend from Obama.

    June 16, 2010 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  15. Isabella

    It 's the lawyers and advisers who come to a decision and then Obama turns up for a photo op , that is all he is good for.

    June 16, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  16. snow

    15 million now and at least 500 million later, to do what? a bunch of office sitters are going to investigate an oil well when none of them knows the first thing about it. Just more payback to nobummer cronies.

    June 16, 2010 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  17. Sandra Levin

    Not inspired by President Obama's Oval Office speech because it lacked a sense of urgency and I heard nothing new.

    Disaster could have been avoided if the regulations and laws ALREADY IN PLACE were observed. This is something that will take decades to heal, no matter how many –illions of dollars we throw at the problem.

    Before we initiate funds, committees and investigations, we MUST STOP THE LEAK.

    June 16, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  18. DorisV

    What does a commission need $15 million dollars for? This is nonsense. Let these folks serve their country as less funded volunteers.

    June 16, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  19. Hammerer

    Talk and spend that's obama's answer for every occasion.

    June 16, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  20. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I wonder if the "party of no" will say no to this. Nothing would surprise me from these republicans who have screwed up everything from banking de-regulation to lack of oil company oversight. Now they have the audacity to try to block any and all efforts to reverse their bad leadership actions.

    June 16, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  21. SLP

    Oh here we go. Another commission. That is the only thing that this president ever does. You messed up badly last night President Obama. When you addressed the nation, you should only have talked about one thing which was how the leak is going to be fixed. Instead all you did was demonize BP and talk about how this crisis only emphasizes the fact that we need to go along with your clean energy policies that we all know will only rob tax payers of their hard earned money and take away jobs.

    June 16, 2010 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  22. christine benson

    I happen to know that there are a lot of tools developed for use in Monterey, CA that are for deep sea, and no one seems to be talking to oceanographers who work in the ocean and who had to recover and plan for recovery after the EXXON Valdez spill off the CA coastline. Seems like the government could compel cooperation and charge the cost of thew tools to BP. Just my thoughts...

    June 16, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  23. Bob in PA

    We now know why Barry hid his college grades from us. If your house is on fire who do you call, the Fire Department or your insurance company ?

    How about 15 million to hire outside help in cleaning the mess up.Screw the commision, screw the blame game. We want two things right now Mr. O. The leak stopped and the spill cleaned up. Nothing else matters right now.

    June 16, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  24. Martin Williams

    We the consumers are going to pay back every single penny to BP and the damn government will do nothing about. Right now the stupid politicians are all screaming to crucify BP and when gas prices go up in few months, they will be playing golf with BP CEOs.

    June 16, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  25. good idea, fund it well

    and then stick BP with the bill

    June 16, 2010 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
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