Sen. Bill Nelson is corralling opposition to a bill he says would incentivize oil drilling off the coast of Florida.
“I’m going to block it,” Nelson said in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.
“The senator from Louisiana is going to try to get his camel’s nose under the tent so that the camel will eventually, completely take over the tent on drilling off the coast of Florida.”
Nelson said legislation to be considered Thursday is a “head fake” because it excludes Florida. He said Sen. Bill Cassidy’s bill sets up a revenue sharing agreement between Gulf states and that Florida would regret not being involved over lost revenue.
Nelson, up for re-election in 2018, is confident he can get the 60 votes to block the bill. He plans a floor speech Wednesday afternoon.
--ALEX LEARY, Tampa Bay Times