Dem Senator Applauds End of Oil Drilling Freeze, But Will Still Block OMB Nominee

ABC News' Matthew Jaffe reports:

Democratic senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana today applauded the Obama administration for lifting the moratorium on deepwater oil drilling but said she will continue to block the nomination of Jack Lew to head the Office of Management & Budget.

“I am not going to release my hold on Jack Lew,” Landrieu said in a statement. “Instead I will take this time to look closely at how [the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management] is handling the issuing of permits and whether or not drilling activity in both shallow and deep water is resuming.”

Landrieu said she will use the remaining month before Congress convenes on November 15 for the lame-duck session to “evaluate if today’s lifting of the moratorium is actually putting people back to work.”

Last month Landrieu blocked Lew’s nomination in protest of the moratorium that she argued was “detrimental” to the Gulf Coast economy. The Obama administration had imposed the moratorium in the wake of the BP oil spill.

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