House Committee Votes to Block BP Drilling for Up to Seven Years

Rep. Bart Stupak downplayed concerns that blocking from BP from new drilling would affect its ability to pay for the Gulf cleanup.

"I'm not going to allow BP to drill more so they make more money so they can pay us, and as they do that then there's more environmental damage," he said. "It's a pretty big corporation. I'm sure they can find some money."

The amendment did not mention BP specifically, but it would not allow any company to get leases that had more than 10 fatalities at drilling and production facilities or refineries that resulted from violations of federal or state health and environment laws within the last seven years.

"The Miller amendment would prohibit BP or any other company with an egregious worker and environmental safety record from new offshore oil and gas drilling," Miller's office said in an email after the vote.