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Major Garrett Interviews Chris Jones, Brother of Deepwater Horizon Rig Victim, Gordon Jones, After White House Meeting

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I had the unique and painful honor of meeting Chris Jones after he and survivors of his brother, Gordon, met with President Obama, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Incident Commander Thad Allen at the White House.

Gordon Jones, 28, died with ten other rig workers in the catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 20.  Gordon is survived by his wife, Michelle, a 2-year-old son, Stafford, and baby Max, born weeks after the rig tragedy.

Gordon's parents were also at the White House, as were families of the 10 other Deepwater Horizon victims.

Chris is an attorney and is leading the charge for the 11 families to have Congress amend a quirk in federal law that allows oil rig workers killed on land to sue for larger economic compensation than oil rig workers who die at sea.

Chris testified Tuesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee on this subject. He and the families are fighting for the ability of all workers who labor on the high seas - those on oil and natural gas rigs, cruise ships and tourist boats - to win compensation beyond lost wages -- the current limit -- if they are victims of corporate negligence.

Chris Jones and I discussed this topic at length. We also discussed the families' general opposition to the current six-month moratorium on deep water drilling and Chris'  impression of the meeting with Obama.

I learned just before the interview that White House dog "Bo" found his way into the meeting. At the end of this interview, you will learn one of the biggest reasons why.

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