Monday, December 19, 2005

Spending Bill Includes ANWR Drilling Provision

Yesterday, a House-Senate conference committee agreed on a final defense appropriations bill, including a provision to allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). How did it happen?

Sen. Ted Stevens, Alaska Republican and the main champion of drilling, is also chairman of the Appropriations defense subcommittee and proposed attaching drilling to the defense spending bill. Yesterday, the House-Senate conference committee voted to approve his plan, with all Republicans and one Democrat in each chamber supporting it.

Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is furious.

"We've become like the House of Commons. Whoever has the most votes wins. It hasn't worked that way in 216 years," he said.

Apparently, Sen. Reid does not believe in majority rule.

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