Senate Democrats targeting ANWR amendment failure

Sens. Frank Murkowski (R-Alas.), Ted Stevens (R-Alas.), and John Breaux (D-La.) have introduced a long-anticipated amendment to a pending Senate energy bill Apr. 16 that would allow leasing on the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska. But Senate Democratic leaders said they "easily" have the 60 votes needed to shut down debate on the proposal. Also, in recent days, ANWR leasing opponents claim they have been able to win support from undecided lawmakers assuring they would prevail even if Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD) decides to risk a simple majority vote on the controversial issue.Yet supporters of ANWR exploration say it is too soon to assume the me...

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