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Congress votes to open Alaska refuge to oil drilling

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Arctic Wildlife Preserve to become drilling field

Congress voted Wednesday to open Alaska’s remote Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil and natural gas drilling, ending more than four decades of heated debate on the matter.

The House voted 224-201, mostly along party lines, to pass the Republicans’ tax overhaul bill, which has the ANWR drilling provision attached to it.

It followed the Senate’s 51-48 vote along party lines early Wednesday morning to pass the bill. The House had passed it earlier Tuesday as well, before the GOP had to make small changes to comply with rules allowing for a 51-vote passage in the Senate as a budget reconciliation measure.

No Democrats voted for the bill on Tuesday, and only 12 House Republicans voted against it.

Once President Trump signs the legislation, Alaska leaders, Republicans and the oil industry will have accomplished a goal at the top of their energy priorities.

TVNL Comment:  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) sold her vote on the tax bill to Trump for this law.  Evil begets evil.  Shame on Murkowski on both counts.

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