Drill Here Drill Now, One Step Closer

Looks like the pressure is paying off.

The wind goes out of their sails

The wind goes out of their sails

WASHINGTON – Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in a months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

“If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices,” said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.

Democrats had clung to the hope of only a partial repeal of the drilling moratorium, but the White House had promised a veto, Obey said.

The House is expected to act on the spending bill Wednesday. The Senate is likely to go along with the House.

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H/T Instapundit

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5 Responses

  1. NO BAILOUT, NO BLANK CHECK!!!

    I heard this on a program yesterday…to get your mind wrapped around how much 700 billion dollars actually is. He said go back to when Christ was born and that $700 billion would approximately be $1 million a day from then til now. (This gas stuff is the least of our worries right now…we won’t have any money left to buy gas after the politicans get this 700 billion dollar bailout passed.)

  2. I tend to agree with you there Mary. It’s never a good idea to let the same people who caused the problem, solve the problem.

  3. Yeah, I really, REALLY don’t want anybody that’s been buying politicians or the politicians that have been bought to be anywhere near this mess.

  4. We need cheaper energy, and we need it yesterday.

  5. And they are the very ones pushing for this bailout. Letting government take over the banking industry? Socialism anyone?

    And as for oil, we can walk and chew gum at the same time.

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