ANWR and tax cuts

US Senators would rather tax individuals than oil companies. That's one way to read recent Senate votes on tax cuts and leasing of federal land. It's somewhat distorted, maybe, but no more so than persistently successful arguments against leasing the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain in Alaska.On Mar. 25, the Senate approved less than half the tax reductions proposed by President George W. Bush for the next 10 years. In an amendment to its annual budget resolution, the Senate limited cuts to $350 billion. Earlier, the House approved tax relief totaling $726 billion. These are budget resolutions lacking the effect of law. They'll have to be reconciled in a House-Sen...

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