Politico
July 19, 2010

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Just days after BP temporarily plugged the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, Senate Republicans on Sunday lashed out at the Obama administration for failing to clean up America’s soiled shoreline.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the administration was suffering from incompetence.

“This is mainly a failure of the administration,” McConnell said. “BP caused the spill. It’s BP’s responsibility to plug that leak. The federal government has been trying to keep the oil off the shores of the United States. It took the administration 70 days to order [oil-collecting] skimmers down to the Gulf.”

McConnell said some in his party would back certain elements of comprehensive energy reform, including nuclear power and clean-coal technology. But they wouldn’t get behind Democrats’ efforts to seize on the spill to pass an energy tax on corporations, which he said would be passed down to consumers.

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