Saturday, March 18, 2006

ANWR Drilling Passes Supine Senate

Republicans in the Senate aren't too worried about supporting President 33%, because they just snuck ANWR drilling legislation into a budget bill. Sneaky and environmentally insane, all in one fell swoop:

WaPo: Senate panel to OK ANWR drilling bill by mid-May

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee will approve legislation by mid-May to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling, according to the panel's chairman.

The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved in a close 51-49 vote a $2.8 trillion budget bill that calls for the government to raise $6 billion over 10 years in leasing fees from allowing oil companies to drill in ANWR. The revenue would be split between the federal government and the state of Alaska.


Republican leaders, with White House support, used budget legislation to give oil companies access to the refuge, because budget bills can't be filibustered under Senate rules.

Small ray of hope, the House hasn't voted on this yet, and some Republican House members may oppose. They're all a little more worried about supporting President 33%, because they're all up for re-election in November:

The House of Representatives has yet to vote on its budget legislation. But two dozen Republican House lawmakers have said they oppose putting ANWR drilling language in the budget bill.

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