Teamsters: Senate close to approving leasing of ANWR coastal plain

The Democratic-led US Senate is closer than ever to approving leasing of the coastal plain in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, an organized labor leader said last week. Teamsters Union spokesman Jerry Hood said a majority of senators would vote to lease the region of northeastern Alaska. He suggested leasing proponents may soon have the 60 votes needed to shut off a potential filibuster of any legislation that would allow ANWR leasing."We'll be there very, very shortly," Hood said.Senate Democrats refuted that claim, saying they have enough votes to maintain a filibuster.Congressional challengeLast July, Hood predicted the House of Representatives would pass an ANWR leasing provis...

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