Senate’s OCS bill clears Congress, heads to White House

Working through the night, the US Senate approved a legislative package including its OCS leasing reform bill early Dec. 9 and sent it to the White House for President George W. Bush’s signature. The measure had cleared the House at midafternoon on Dec. 8 after an attempt to amend the Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing provision failed by 2 votes.Senate passage of a measure including S. 3711 concluded months of maneuvering which moved into high gear during the final week of the 109th Congress.The bill was one of 16 free-standing measures on the calendar as the House resumed work on Dec. 5 following the Thanksgiving holiday recess, but it was pulled at the last minutes when ...

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