Wednesday, November 09, 2005

ANWR Safe For Another Day

After Republican centrists flexed their muscle (see? they can be powerful when they put their minds to it), the House Rules Committee late Wednesday opted to remove provisions from the budget reconciliation bill which would have allowed drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The AP calls this a "stunning setback" for drilling proponents (yes, that roar you hear off in the distance is Ted Stevens).

I titled this post "safe for another day" because the Senate's version of the budget will contain ANWR-opening provisions - this means the House and Senate negotiators will hash out which version to adopt, and there is a chance that the final package could contain the language (so centrists in both House and Senate will have to be very much on their toes as we move forward).

For now, a minor victory. Sherry Boehlert and other centrist Republicans should be proud of themselves, but should stay ready to keep fighting. This isn't over yet.


At 8:17 AM, Blogger Carol Gee said...

Legislators in both parties read the blogs and papers just like the rest of us, or at least somebody on their staff does so. Waiting for a more auspicious climate, they are now providing some much needed leadership. I, like you, hope their influence carries through the conference.

At 3:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please support your member of congress who removed ANWR from the bill. They need to hear from those who support since we're hearing from those opposed. Sarah, Director of the Republican Main Street Partnership


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