Gulf Oil Drilling on Congress' Agenda

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

Last summer, Florida lawmakers rejected a plan that would ban any drilling within 125 miles of Florida's coast. That deal was hammered out behind closed doors by Florida Republicans, and House Resources Chairman, California Rep. Richard Pombo.

Now, this same committee will consider a bill that could allow drilling as close as 20 miles from the state's coast.

Congressman Davis, a 2006 candidate for governor, sent a letter to Florida Delegation Chairman Republican Clay Shaw, urging him and others not to engage in backroom deals. Davis says the entire Florida delegation must discuss this issue openly.

DAVIS: The public was disserved by backroom deals in the past.

Congressman Shaw responded to Davis' letter accusing him of politicizing an issue that the delegation is united on.

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