Last week, the Republican-led House voted down President Barack Obamas five-year plan for offshore drilling.
In its stead, the legislators passed a plan of their own that allows more oil and gas development off Americas coasts.
The Associated Press wrote: The legislation will likely go nowhere in the Senate and the White House has issued a veto threat, but as with the tax and regulatory bills the House is also taking up this month, it puts lawmakers on the record on the issues that divide the two parties.
Is that the purpose of passing legislation to line up on the politically correct side of an issue?
Too often it seems that way.
The House bill was touted as a more expansive plan for energy development than the president offered, opening areas off the Atlantic coast and Southern California for drilling.
By contrast, the Interior Department announced in late June its 2012-17 offshore oil and gas leasing program that identifies 12 potential lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and three off the coast of Alaska. The president said his energy plan allows development of more than 75 percent of recoverable oil and gas resources in U.S. oceans.
The House bill lists 29 lease sales in waters from Maine to Virginia as well as the Gulf of Mexico, the southern coast of California and areas off Alaska.
But it has no chance of passing. It is just for political purposes.
That is not governing; it is gamesmanship, and typical. Politics too often trumps governance in Washington today.
Whatever happened to striking a deal somewhere in the middle for the public good?