Senate blocks oil and gas leasing in ANWR

01/02/2006
The US Senate blocked a provision to authorize oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Plain that was included in a defense appropriations bill.Senate opponents of ANWR leasing moved to filibuster the bill, and supporters were unable to get the required 60 votes to avoid the filibuster. The Dec. 21 vote was 56-44.Lawmakers were expected to withdraw the controversial bill in order to rewrite it without the ANWR provision.After an all-night session, the US House of Representatives voted 308-106 early Dec. 19 to pass a compromise defense spending bill approved earlier in a House-Senate conference (OGJ Online, Dec. 19, 2005).Before the Dec. 21 vote, the National Pet...
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