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megimoo
08-01-2008, 09:48 AM
Democrats Dangle Drilling Votes [Is Oil More Important than Our Troops?]
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The No. 1 Issue
Democrats had hoped to move through a string of major bills before breaking for the August recess, including the fiscal 2009 defense authorization bill (S 3001); a major tax package (S 3335) that would extend dozens of expired and expiring tax breaks; and a conference report on an Amtrak reauthorization bill (S 294).

Many Republicans support the underlying legislation addressing energy speculation.

However, GOP members want a chance to offer as many as 28 additional energy-related amendments to the bill — including one aimed at the existing ban on drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts.

Reid, who opposes lifting that moratorium, originally offered the Republicans a chance to offer only that amendment to the bill. Republicans balked at that offer.


McConnell made it clear that if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach an agreement on energy amendments, the stalemate in the Senate on a wide range of bills will continue. “We all want to do the defense authorization bill, but right now the No. 1 issue in the country is the price of gas at the pump,” McConnell said. “Why would we want to get off that issue and go to anything else?”


McConnell made it clear that if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach an agreement on energy amendments, the stalemate in the Senate on a wide range of bills will continue. “We all want to do the defense authorization bill, but right now the No. 1 issue in the country is the price of gas at the pump,” McConnell said. “Why would we want to get off that issue and go to anything else?”

http://www.cq.com/document/display.do?docid=2927989