Drilling in ANWR cut from US House budget bill

11/21/2005
US House Republican leaders withdrew language authorizing oil and gas leasing within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from their version of the federal budget bill on the eve of its floor consideration.The Nov. 9 action came less than a week after the Senate approved its budget measure with the provision intact. It was a reversal of previous years, when ANWR leasing authorization cleared the House but was stopped in the Senate.A spokesman for Rep. Don Young (R-Alas.) said the lawmaker was not pleased with the decision, but would not elaborate. Young is a member of the House Resources Committee, which approved budget language including ANWR leasing authorization on Oct. 26.The House Bud...
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