June 15th, 2010
09:31 PM ET
12 years ago

Issa: Obama needs to take immediate action to help Gulf's workers

California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa, the Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, issued the following statement after President Obama's Oval Office address Tuesday night:

“After receiving an in-person briefing at Unified Area Command, I was informed that we are in danger of losing tens of thousands of jobs permanently as companies are actively considering moving operations to other areas in the world. Conspicuously absent from the President’s address was a plan detailing what to do to replace and retain the tens-of-thousands gulf region jobs that have been suspended due to the six-month moratorium that halted operations on 33 permitted deepwater wells. With the nation struggling with a prolonged period of joblessness, immediate action is needed by President Obama to get the workers he displaced back to work.

“The politics of this crisis should not result in the permanent loss of tens of thousands of American jobs. In the State of Louisiana alone, where one-in-three jobs is related to the oil and natural gas industry, the moratorium will cripple their economy and leave thousands of families without income. The President faces a decision to either let these jobs permanently leave the Gulf Region resulting in irreparable economic harm or pursue an immediate avenue that can put these well-operators back to work without drilling in high-pressure zones that aren’t safe.”

Filed under: Darrell Issa • Energy • Obama Oil Speech Reax • President Obama
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    How Issa?
    By expanding drilling to create more jobs?

    June 15, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  2. Get A Grip

    Obama should have taken ' immediate action' by not giving this rig a safety award in '09. Guess that $77,051 to Obama's campaign by BP had nothing to do with that safety award, right?

    June 15, 2010 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. phoenix86

    The United States has always been one of the worst business environments for the oil industry. With Obama, the oil industry will be forced out completely.

    Get ready for $8.00 gasoline.

    June 15, 2010 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. Larry

    And I suppose you believe the "companies".

    Relax Issa, as long as there is oil in the gulf they'll stay.

    June 15, 2010 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  5. w l jones

    Why a platoon of congressman wont lead hundred of thousand of voloteers down to the Gulf and clean up that mess?

    June 15, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. marxist dogs are out of control

    What Obama needs to do is fricking resign. And since the Democrat Party dictatorship seems to have no qualms about raping the Constituion then they should approve an early presidential election for early spring to replace the bastardship now in control in Washington.

    Jail to the Chief and to the Speaker of House !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 15, 2010 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Alan

    I understand that BP needs to be responsible for its disaster. But what about Obama and Dems being responsible for theirs. With their mishandling of the economy, my business is down way more than 40%. I don't see the gov running to my aid!!!

    June 15, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. Marge

    Oh so Issa has found out he doesn't have a leg to stand on by keep spewing about Sestak now he has found another bone to chew on.

    I suppose if people really wanted to they could rake up all the trash he has done himself. How about that car theft gig. How did he get out of that one. And I hear he has a lot of fishy funds from his and his families business. Just like the Bush's when they become in charge of a business they take the money and run. Like all the savings and loans they ran and went bankrupt, after Saudi Arabia bailed the old Busher out he ran it into the ground again.. oh well he took up with running the country and did the same thing. those republicans tsk tsk tsk Issa is a prime example.

    June 15, 2010 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. RespectOthersAlways

    Rep. Issa never misses an opportunity to smear. Now, its President Obama, not BP, who is reponsible for getting the "workers he displaced" back to work. President Obama displaced the workers. BP has no culpability here. The refusal to ignore the obvious and turn every tragedy into a partisan sledgehammer is at the core of dishonest politics. In this instance, Rep. Issa wins the dishonest politician of the year award.

    June 15, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Maurice

    Darrell Issa is a long going California Joke. Just following the partyline on smaller government role in American lives, but wants government to "take immediate action" on Gulf's workers. I happen to agree with his call to help those people whoe will lose their jobs, but I never called for government to saty out of the private sector.

    I'll conceed that the drilling moratorium has an affect on employment in the Gulf, but not having one to go back and make sure this stuff doesn't happen agian by instituting approrpiate safeguards would be irresponsible.

    Darrell Issa is a clown.

    June 15, 2010 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    That will cost money... Are you sure you want to borrow money for that?

    June 15, 2010 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  12. Gameplan not speechifying

    Tonight was all about promoting legislation and "claiming" to be in control and that there was a plan. But there were zero steps listed as to what that plan is to stop the leak, clean the Gulf, and restore the jobs and economy here. Living in New Orleans, I guarantee you that fishermen, shrimpers, oystermen, oil riggers, and their families who have no income and have lost their jobs just needed to hear one thing tonight after two months: what's the plan?! Fix the problem now, and focus on clean energy bills later. New legislation will not stop the leak, clean the Gulf, or restore the jobs and economy here.

    June 15, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  13. Victim of GOP Taliban

    I am ashamed Issa represents my state. He is the biggest TROLL in Congress and is devoid of any ideas. All he does is complain and point fingers.

    June 15, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  14. ronalde

    darell issa is full of it,these companys are not going to pull out they have to much money invested,plus they drill all over the world,another repug scare tactic and these people can go to work cleaning up the spill that bp created,i feel sorry for the 11 families that lost loved ones but how many jobs have the spill created,issa stop working for the oil companys.

    June 15, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  15. KJ

    Too bad, Issa was as outspoken during the Katrina diaster!

    June 15, 2010 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  16. donald

    I say "we the people" ship this jeck to the Gulf for oil clean up duty.

    June 15, 2010 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  17. Dixon

    Where were all these GOP leaders when bussiness was outsourcing 100's of thousands of jobs overseas. More of the same old politics. I would like to know how Obama displaced all the workers. More politics as usual. Same old thing from the GOP, no answers but lots of complaints about a mess they started.

    June 16, 2010 01:13 am at 1:13 am |
  18. Smith in Oregon

    This Republican wing-nut with his mantra of 'drill baby drill' got America into the current dependence on foreign Oil and the mess in the Gulf of Mexico. He has repeatedly called for fewer and fewer regulations on Big Oil, Gas and Coal mining. Now after the largest ecocide to ever hit America, destroying the very economy's of several Gulf States, this Republican politician is chanting support for his special interests in Big Oil. The same gang of thugs that pay ZERO Taxes and yet made Billions in profits last year AND received hundreds of Millions of taxpayer dollars in Federal subsidy's and tax favors!

    This same phony Republican politician also repeatedly votes against stopping the free federal subsidy's to Big Oil corporations despite the current California and America's economy, despite the fact that Big Oil corporations in America made many Billions in profits last year and paid ZERO in federal taxes, go figure!

    June 16, 2010 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  19. Earl Fey

    Same old NO same old No same ol..............
    TeAl names please

    June 16, 2010 01:34 am at 1:34 am |
  20. Anonymous

    Gee Darrell, why don't you use some of your dot.com Monday and hire them?
    It's so easy to say we need jobs but reality is people have learnded form this reccession to spend less and that changed the dynamics of the work place.
    Oil needs to be replaced as the source fouor energy supply and that will mean these people will need new training. If they can build an oil rig, they can build a windmill.

    June 16, 2010 01:57 am at 1:57 am |
  21. J.V.Hodgson

    Dear Representative ISSA,
    I was not aware that the horrible death of 11 workers ( my sympathys to the bereaved families) had any political bias. Or that the "temporary" moratorium needed to help prevent further unnecessary potential loss of life, or that the jobs of Oil industry workers were a political decision and that a " temporary moratorium" equal necessarily the permanent loss of tens of thousands of American jobs.
    Are suggesting somehow that the oil will magically move elsewhere and that the American companies that got the licenses will sellout... I dont think so.
    The only thing that is politically motivated biased or having such Politics is the whole of your above post. atleast under a democratic government they can claim unemployment benefit!!
    My suggestion put all oil industry and legal experts and drill and rig operators/experts feet to the fire and get to the cause in one huge all encompassing investigation within the next 30 days and move on then regarding the Moratorium, after new legislation is passed.

    June 16, 2010 02:35 am at 2:35 am |