US House leaders pulled the Senate’s Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing reform bill from the floor on Dec. 5 because there were not enough votes to pass it under special fast-track rules.Proponents had pushed to get S. 3711 on the calendar under a rules suspension to keep it from being amended. But they apparently lacked the votes to reach the two-thirds majority required in such cases. The bill must pass the House without amendments to avoid a conference and move directly to the president for enactment.Louisiana representatives and senators from both parties say passage of the Senate’s OCS bill is vital since it contains a provision giving Gulf Coast states except Fl...
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