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Florida lawmakers lead effort to pressure Spanish company from ending oil drilling plans with Cuba



A bipartisan group of Florida lawmakers is trying to pressure a Spanish oil company to cease its plan to partner with Cuba for offshore drilling.

"The decaying Cuban regime is desperately reaching out for an economic lifeline, and it appears to have found a willing partner in Repsol to come to its rescue," Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami, said in a statement released along with a letter to the company. “Repsol’s involvement with the Havana tyranny will without a doubt support the regime, and endanger those who stand up for basic freedoms in Cuba.  It will bankroll the Cuban security apparatus that violently crushes dissent.

Her letter was joined by a number of other Florida reps including Mario Diaz-Balart, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, David Rivera and Ted Deutch. In all, more than 30 lawmakers from various states joined the effort.

“This oil drilling scheme endangers the environment, and enriches the Cuban tyranny," Ros-Lehtinen said. "Those are two huge strikes. Repsol shouldn’t need a third strike to walk away from this."

The additional Congressional signatories are:

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Rep. Dan Burton (R-IN), Rep. Steve Austria (R-OH), Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA), Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), Rep. Robert Andrews (D-NJ), Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA), Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Rep. Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), Rep. Sandy Adams (R-FL), Rep. Heath Shuler (D-NC), Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Rep.  Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR), Rep. Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Rep. Tom Rooney (R-FL), Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-OH), Rep. Brian Higgins (D-NY), Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-MI), Rep. Steven Rothman (D-NJ), Rep. Michael Grimm (R-NY), Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL), Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Rep. Edward Royce (R-CA).

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 4:47pm]


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