- Gentlemen, start your drones: Judge’s ruling opens door for commercial use
- Soldier who hid, bragged about not saluting flag to be punished — in secret
- ‘Maverick’ of the seas: ‘Top Gun’ school for U.S. ship officers to launch
- Putin declares Sochi Paralympics open amid Ukrainian protest
- ‘In Jesus name, we pray’ sparks ire at Ohio council meeting
- Navy’s first laser weapon ready for prime time; drone killer to deploy this summer
- Billionaire backer: Rick Santorum ‘needs to be heard’ in 2016
- Obamacare fallout: 49 percent pessimistic; 45 percent ‘scared’
- DHS accused of holding U.S. citizen at airport, using emails to pry into her sex life
- Seattle socialist: Minimum-wage discussion skewed by ‘right-wing’ GAO analysis
Hoyer hedges on McCain as ‘bad president’
“I don’t know that Senator McCain would be a bad president,” Mr. Hoyer told The Washington Times. “But if he pursued, as he says he’s going to, the same policies that President Bush has pursued, he would have a bad administration, a bad result.”
A continuation of those policies, he said, would mean “an America less economically successful than it ought to be, less job creation than it ought to be, less successful in partnering with our allies around the world.”
In a wide-ranging interview at the Democratic convention here, Mr. Hoyer, the No. 2 Democrat in the House, also said he expects his chamber to vote next month on legislation that would take inventory of the nation’s oil reserves, an incremental step toward more of the offshore oil drilling that Republicans have been pressing for months.
“I see a vote coming on ensuring that America utilizes its natural resources to a much greater degree,” he said.
Democratic leaders have been arguing that more offshore drilling wouldn’t help in the near term, and said oil companies should instead focus on drilling in areas where they already hold leases. But according to public polls, two-thirds of Americans favor more oil drilling and Republicans staged a protest on the House floor demanding a vote on drilling.
Mr. Hoyer, in a turnabout from the Democrats’ earlier positions, said Congress will look at finding new resources “that are available to us, and combine a responsible way towards developing those resources.”
He said he doubts that will include drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is being pushed by some Republicans, though not Mr. McCain.
“I don’t know that ANWR will be part of that inventory, but very frankly, the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, which has as much oil, is right next door to ANWR and is not controversial,” he said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, also has said she would be open to a package that included more drilling, though she said she doubted it would make much difference.
“I am prepared to preside over legislation that will take a comprehensive approach to it. Include [drilling] and let it compete, and seeing where we come down on it, and if that, in fact, is a good alternative, then that is something we should do,” she said.
Support for expanded offshore drilling is a bipartisan matter in some parts of the country, including Virginia. Sen. Jim Webb on Tuesday told Virginia’s delegation to the Democratic convention that his party should have taken the lead on the issue.
“I think one of the great mistakes we made in terms of political strategy before this latest recess was not taking on the Republican Party when they started talking about offshore drilling,” said Mr. Webb, himself a former Republican.
Mr. Webb said his Democratic colleagues should determine how much oil is available offshore before engaging in debates about drilling, and grant states the power to block drilling if they choose.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Stephen Dinan can be reached at email@example.com.
- Border Patrol policy still permits agents to shoot at rock-throwers
- IRS to turn over Lerner emails in tea party targeting probe
- House defeats Democrats' attempt to rebuke Issa
- Obama declares himself 'champion in chief' for immigration
- Senate blocks Obama's civil rights nominee
Latest Blog Entries
Taxpayers must pay the freight for over-budget train projects
- CPAC 2014: Rand Paul urges conservatives to fight for liberty
- Putin has transformed Russian army into a lean, mean fighting machine
- Kim Jong-un calls for execution of 33 Christians
- Bill Clinton poses for photo with Bunny Ranch prostitutes
- Two liberals say Sarah Palin is right: Obama lacks substance
- Unemployment insurance vote could happen next week
- Bill Clinton cashes in on struggling nonprofit hospital
- U.S. pilot scares off Iranians with 'Top Gun'-worthy stunt: 'You really ought to go home'
- WEBER: Obamacare cuts home healthcare for millions of seniors
- Russias Putin nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
Pope Francis meets his 'mini-me'
Celebrity deaths in 2014
Winter storm hits states — again