Wednesday, December 21, 2005

ANWR Safe for Another Day

The Senate today defeated Ted Stevens' attempt to circumvent the rules, knocking down his effort to insert language opening ANWR for oil drilling into the DoD appropriations bill. The leadership is expected to send the bill back to conference, where the ANWR provision will be removed and the bill brought back to the Senate and approved very quickly - as it should be.

As I wrote earlier this week, Senator Stevens should be ashamed of himself for this blatant attempt to pull an end-run around the Senate rules so that he could get his way. Good for the rest of the Senate for not allowing it to occur.


At 2:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay for the good guys.

Don't be surprised if Stevens tries to rewrite ANWR drilling as part of his bridge-building antics. :ducks:

At 4:08 PM, Blogger Michael Bains said...

I didn't think they'd snuff it. Very good indeed.

Like you point out, the real problem is not trying to open the ANWR to drilling (I've mixed thoughts/emotions about that on its own,) but the way Steven's tried to force the issue. Using anyone's pay check as pawn material is disgusting. Doing such to soldiers who actually in combat ... !

Such immorality boggles the mind.

Kudos to Republicans and Dems alike on this one.

At 1:02 AM, Blogger Clint Carrens said...

Exactly bains. Stand ANWR on its own, or at least as part of an energy bill.

To pull such a questionable political maneuver with a bill sending much-needed money to our men and women in military is horrible.


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