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Canceled markup spares Dems tough vote on offshore drilling (Dems blocking vote on drilling)
The Hill ^ | 06/18/08 07:49 PM [ET] | Mike Soraghan

Posted on 06/18/2008 6:10:57 PM PDT by Fred

At the very least, Democrats saved themselves an awkward confrontation on gas prices Wednesday when they canceled a committee vote on the Interior spending bill.

Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.) was planning to push his offshore drilling bill as a remedy for oil and gas costs, just as Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and President Bush made their tag-teamed push for drilling off the country’s coastlines.

But the committee markup was canceled just two hours before it was to begin.

Republicans say they suspect Democrats might have nixed it because they were worried they would lose the vote or, in beating Peterson back, become part of the Republicans’ 2008 campaign storyline.

“We think the vote was extremely close,” said Peterson chief of staff Jordan Clark. “They were wondering, ‘What the heck do we do now?’ ”

Democrats say they didn’t cancel it to avoid a showdown, but to get work done on the emergency war-spending bill. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has set a deadline for completing the bill before Congress departs for the Independence Day recess, but it was put off again Wednesday.

With Chairman David Obey (D-Wis.) negotiating a way to get the bill funding military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to the president’s desk, he didn’t have time to chair a protracted committee markup.

“The chairman is working on the supplemental,” said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). “That’s our key concern.”

A Democratic aide noted that Obey canceled three other full committee markups this week as well.

The cancellation of the vote on Peterson’s plan did allow House Democrats to concentrate on responding to President Bush’s call for more drilling and on tweaking McCain for his change of heart on the topic.

In a Rose Garden news conference Wednesday, President Bush responded to the high price of gasoline by urging Congress to allow more drilling of the Outer Continental Shelf. He said lifting the current moratorium on drilling could produce about 18 billion barrels of oil.

“Unless members are willing to accept gas prices at today’s painful levels — or even higher — our nation must produce more oil,” Bush said.

His call came a day after McCain reversed his opposition to offshore drilling.

House Democrats contend that oil and gas companies already have plenty of access to federal land and waters, but aren’t using it. They say oil and gas companies have leased 68 million acres of federal land and waters for oil and gas that the companies aren’t developing.

Democrats held a press conference to highlight “use it or lose it” legislation by House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (Ill.) to compel companies to produce from their leases.

Peterson lost his attempt to get the Appropriations Interior subcommittee to end the drilling moratorium last week on a party-line vote. But he’d announced plans to try a similar move at Wednesday’s markup.

Peterson tried to remove the moratorium last year at the Appropriations Committee, but lost in a 29-37 vote.

Peterson would have had to switch five votes, and there have been no public defections. Last year, six Democrats voted to lift the ban and six Republicans voted to keep it. The members of the committee are generally senior members with safe seats whose ability to bring home local projects helps win over any voter discontent on national issues.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 110th; congress; drilling; energy; environment; gasprices; mccain; obstructionistdems; oil; pelosi; peterson; reid
" They say oil and gas companies have leased 68 million acres of federal land and waters for oil and gas that the companies aren’t developing.

Saw a rep for one of the oil associations on Chris Wallace this past Sunday. He stated that the oil companies found nothing worth a damm to drill on these 68 million acres and that is why they are not drilling and letting the leases go back to the feds.....

1 posted on 06/18/2008 6:10:57 PM PDT by Fred
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To: Fred

Ofcourse they don’t want to vote on it.

Who wants to go in this upcoming election having voted against drilling?

Especially now I have to believe that Big Oil would be looking forward to put some of these losers out of Congress.


2 posted on 06/18/2008 6:13:28 PM PDT by The_Republican (Conservatives are in trouble because they hate Scarlett Johanson.)
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To: Fred
Those Dems and Big Speculators are at it again. Someone should investigate.
4 posted on 06/18/2008 6:23:14 PM PDT by BGHater ("Save water, shower with a friend")
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To: Fred

If it is going to take 10 years,
shouldn't we get started?

Drill here, drill now, pay less


5 posted on 06/18/2008 6:23:48 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: Fred
Bill H.R.2784 - thomas.gov
Last action taken

6/20/2007: Referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committees on Rules, and the Budget, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.

The Speaker wants higher oil prices
6 posted on 06/18/2008 6:25:10 PM PDT by Fred (The Democrat Party is the Nadir of Nilhilism)
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To: Fred
His call came a day after McCain reversed his opposition to offshore drilling.

And to counter the charges of flip-flopping, I quote the RATs' hero, John Maynard Keynes, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?”

This is not a Kerryesque 'I voted for the bill before I voted against it' situation. 8 years time and an incredible rise in price have occurred.

7 posted on 06/18/2008 6:28:24 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: Fred
Everyone is so civil here in DC.

No worries, the people WILL PAY TAXES OR GO TO JAIL, and this city and the apparatchiks that feed off it will never feel any economic pressure.

Democrat SOB's run on a platform of raising taxes and get a majority in Congress!.

This Republic is just about done, it was lost for good when the 24 and 26th amendments were passed, the final nail was Motor Voter.

The Founders knew the Republic could not survive the enfranchisement of the landless, the simple, and those under 21, but their warnings were not heeded.

Anybody who thinks this is going to turn out OK is delusional.

8 posted on 06/18/2008 6:32:02 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Fred

“Saw a rep for one of the oil associations on Chris Wallace this past Sunday. He stated that the oil companies found nothing worth a damm to drill on these 68 million acres and that is why they are not drilling and letting the leases go back to the feds.....”

Of course that is the reason. It is common sense. If oil companies could drill and produce at a profit on that land, they would be doing it. I don’t know why republicans don’t shoot this fake excuss down pronto.


9 posted on 06/18/2008 6:36:26 PM PDT by HwyChile
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To: The_Republican
You don't suppose W whispered in King Abdullah's ear and said "cut production... get the prices up, otherwise we're friggin' toast".....just wondering...

I truly hope to bury those bastards, no matter how it's done

10 posted on 06/18/2008 6:39:46 PM PDT by chiller (www.beheardtoday.com.....check it out....cheap letters to govt. officials...I love it.)
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To: HwyChile

The Dems are working that storyline hard....Cal Rep Xaveira...(sp?) was on Kudlow smirking about that excuse...


11 posted on 06/18/2008 6:42:15 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: HwyChile
Pelosi and her Dem comrades need to be asked a couple questions when they espouse their "68 million acre talking point",

where are they located and which lease number is the oil under?

One phone call to Exxon and we could save them millions in exploration costs and bring down the cost/gal of gas and may be get a nice % for the info!

12 posted on 06/18/2008 6:58:22 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: NonValueAdded
By November we could have the off-shore oil going to refineries, just before the real cold weather sets in, thanks for the hold-up Democrats!
13 posted on 06/18/2008 6:59:19 PM PDT by Son House ( BMT ==> Babies, Military, Taxes: Just Say No To Democrats!)
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To: The_Republican
By Memorial Day 2010, we could have ANWAR oil going to the refineries, thanks for the hold-up Democrats!
14 posted on 06/18/2008 7:01:21 PM PDT by Son House ( BMT ==> Babies, Military, Taxes: Just Say No To Democrats!)
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To: Rome2000

>Anybody who thinks this is going to turn out OK is delusional.

Don’t let the Republic fool you, my treasure is in heaven.


15 posted on 06/18/2008 7:03:18 PM PDT by ROTB (Our Constitution [is] for a [Christian] people. It is wholly inadequate [for] any other. -John Adams)
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To: Fred
At the very least, Democrats saved themselves an awkward confrontation on gas prices Wednesday when they canceled a committee vote on the Interior spending bill.

Another very real -- and dangerous -- consequence of sitting at home on election day and letting the Dems take over.

16 posted on 06/18/2008 7:04:43 PM PDT by Glenmerle
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To: Glenmerle
consequence of sitting at home on election day and letting the Dems take over.

As opposed to letting McInsane and Myth Romney take over, I'm sure they will be significantly better.

17 posted on 06/18/2008 7:10:49 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: ROTB

Har!


18 posted on 06/18/2008 7:11:23 PM PDT by Rome2000 (Peace is not an option)
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To: Fred

Yes... go on your summer break, Congress, with all of your constituents angry at your refusal to do anything constructive to address record high gas prices. Keep up the good work — you may give the Republicans this election yet. At least maybe the Presidency.


19 posted on 06/18/2008 7:25:00 PM PDT by ReleaseTheHounds ("The demagogue is one who preaches doctrines he knows to be untrue to men he knows to be idiots.")
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To: Fred; MurryMom; writer33
...Democrats saved themselves an awkward confrontation on gas prices.

Awkward? Pelosi promised - no?

20 posted on 06/18/2008 7:27:24 PM PDT by Libloather (June is Liberal Awareness Month.)
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To: Fred

The Oil companies ought to start placing names on some of these non-producing fields......the Pelosi field, the Reid field, the Durban field, the Schumer field, the Murray field (save that for ANWR), etc.


21 posted on 06/18/2008 7:30:48 PM PDT by Rembrandt (We would have won Viet Nam w/o Dim interference.)
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To: Fred
Rep. John Peterson (R-Pa.)

I saw Rep. Peterson on C-SPAN tonight. He must be one of the most brilliant Reps in all of Congress.

22 posted on 06/18/2008 7:31:48 PM PDT by montag813
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To: NonValueAdded

Excellent quote!


23 posted on 06/18/2008 8:01:45 PM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Libloather
Awkward? Pelosi promised - no?

Brought to you by your Democratic Party, the party that cares so much for the working poor. So much so that they don't mind them paying over $4.00/gallon for gas. It's the typical party of hypocricy.

24 posted on 06/18/2008 8:16:15 PM PDT by writer33 (I'm Still Whining That Rush Limbaugh Isn't Doing Enough To Elect A Conservative)
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To: Maverick68

Credit where credit is due ... Rush used it today.


25 posted on 06/18/2008 8:44:06 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (If it is going to take 10 years, shouldn't we get started? Drill here, drill now, pay less.)
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To: Fred

“Democrats might have nixed it because they were worried they would lose the vote”

What the hell is the matter with these asshats? They are all going to be flattened by this one issue and they know it!


26 posted on 06/18/2008 8:50:32 PM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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