House okays oil and gas leasing of ANWR coastal plain

The House passed another bill authorizing oil and gas leasing of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain May 26 as opponents protested that supporters had choked off debate.The measure, HR 5429, survived a last-minute effort to recommit it to the House Resources Committee, which had approved it soon after it was introduced on May 22. Opponents objected because it arrived on the floor under a rule prohibiting amendments.The bill now moves to the Senate, which usually has opposed ANWR leasing in the past.Members debated first the rule and then the bill itself for more than 2 hr. Most Republicans favored it, and most Democrats opposed it. Several opponents made floor statements aga...

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