Washington, DC – U.S. Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., MD (R-Southwest Louisiana) today applauded the announcement of a plan to address Colombian labor issues, possibly clearing the way for passage of the U.S. - Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) by Congress.

The field hearing – “Gulf of Mexico: A Focus on Community Recovery and New Response Technology” – begins at 9:00 AM CST at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center and is open to the public and the press.

Landry, thrilled by the announcement, said the field hearing will help shed light on the struggles caused by the spill and subsequent Presidential moratorium: “I am eager to host the field hearing and show my fellow colleagues the real consequences of the BP tragedy and the disastrous Obama oil-free energy policy. And I am excited that the hard-working people of South Louisiana will have the opportunity to share their opinions with representatives from across the country.”
“South Louisiana plays a critical role in domestic energy production,” continued Landry. “The opportunity to host a full committee field hearing will ensure our people’s needs are heard as Congress moves forward with legislation impacting energy exploration and production in the Gulf of Mexico. I am thankful for the leadership of Chairman Hastings and his decision to bring the committee to Houma to hear directly from our people about our jobs, our coast, and our way of life.”
U.S. House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (Republican, WA-04) will direct the hearing.
“This field hearing is an opportunity for Congress to listen to the people, communities and businesses in the Gulf of Mexico that were directly impacted by the tragic rig explosion, oil spill and the Administration’s de facto moratorium,” said Chairman Doc Hastings.  “We’ll examine on-going obstacles to getting people back to work, environmental impacts, and new technology to ensure that U.S. offshore drilling moves forward safely and responsibly.”