All twenty Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee sent a letter to Committee Chairman Nick Rahall (D-WV) yesterday requesting a full committee hearing "at the soonest possible time" on the Administration's new offshore drilling plan. The letter calls for testimony from Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Carol Browner, and MMS Director Liz Birnbaum, among others, on the economic impacts of the plan. Committee Republicans, led by Ranking Member Doc Hastings (R-WA), are concerned that the plan will impact new job creation by closing off areas to offshore drilling and delaying leasing plans. In response, Blake Androff, the Democratic spokesman for the Committee, stated Chairman Rahall had already decided to hold a hearing on the plan "in the near future."