Wednesday, December 21, 2005

No ANWR Drilling yet

The US Senate has again voted down attempts to approve drilling in ANWR, this time it was hidden in a defense appropriations bill.

The Senate today failed to pass a major defense appropriations bill after a Democratic-led bloc stymied it with a filibuster in an effort to force removal of a controversial provision on oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge.

With 60 votes needed to overcome the filibuster and cut off debate on the bill, its backers fell short by four votes. The tally on a motion to invoke cloture so the Senate could move to a vote on the bill itself was 56-44.

With this route cut off, expect to see more even more creative attempts to pass this law.


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