A majority of Democrats on the House Natural Resources Committee defeated a proposed amendment yesterday introduced by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) that would have negated President Obama's moratorium on oil and natural gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

Cassidy's measure was supported by committee chairman Rep. Nick Rahal, D-WV, and Rep. Jim Costa, a California Democrat who chairs one of the committee's subcommittees, but still lost on a 22-26 vote.

During the debate, Cassidy reminded members of the committee that President Obama and congressional Democrats had promised to put science ahead of politics in federal policymaking, and that the eight scientists selected by Obama who analyzed the proposed moratorium were unanimous in their opposition to it.

So Cassidy asked a series of very pointed questions, which you can view in the video that follows:

For more information on Cassidy's efforts, go here.