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(Democrat Controlled) Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan
cnn ^ | 5/18/2011 | cnn

Posted on 05/18/2011 6:05:39 PM PDT by tobyhill

The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices.

The bill was defeated in a 42-57 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage.

Five Republicans -- Alabama's Richard Shelby, Louisiana's David Vitter, Maine's Olympia Snowe, South Carolina's Jim DeMint, and Utah's Mike Lee -- voted against the bill.

(Excerpt) Read more at edition.cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Louisiana; US: Maine; US: Nevada; US: South Carolina; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: alabama; davidvitter; demint; drilling; harryreid; jimdemint; lee; louisiana; maine; marylandrieu; mikelee; nevada; oil; olympiasnowe; richardshelby; shelby; snowe; southcarolina; utah; vitter

1 posted on 05/18/2011 6:05:43 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

DeMint and Shelby?


2 posted on 05/18/2011 6:07:24 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: johniegrad

Don’t make sense. There must be more to this. (didn’t read the article)


3 posted on 05/18/2011 6:09:49 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: tobyhill

Those bastards in D.C. want the little guy to pay 10 buck per gallon. If they deny it, they are lying.


4 posted on 05/18/2011 6:10:16 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer ("...that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,..")
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To: tobyhill

Gotta be a reason for DeMint declining. What’s in the bill that is toxic? or not?


5 posted on 05/18/2011 6:10:20 PM PDT by acapesket
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To: KoRn

First thing I thought is that it must be a flawed bill.


6 posted on 05/18/2011 6:10:52 PM PDT by johniegrad
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To: tobyhill

What in the hell? Demint and Lee?

You know what (you being everyone that reads this) we need to go in and start physically jerking each and every one of these traitors out of their seats.

This is beyond bizarre. Demint?????? WTF????


7 posted on 05/18/2011 6:11:18 PM PDT by Outlaw Woman ("...; because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee,... "Hosea 4:6)
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To: acapesket

If he sponsored the bill, does he have to vote against so it can come up again?


8 posted on 05/18/2011 6:11:54 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Put Obie in a dress and call him "The Last Queen of Scotland".)
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To: johniegrad
“Some senators from oil-producing states argued the bill didn't go far enough. Republican Vitter and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, claimed it would actually “slow down the permitting process instead of streamlining and accelerating it.”

This is such a bunk excuse. Anything is going to be faster than what's going on now, nothing.

9 posted on 05/18/2011 6:12:04 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill
I was wondering why Vitter would vote against it. Here's the explanation:

Some senators from oil-producing states argued the bill didn't go far enough. Republican Vitter and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, claimed it would actually "slow down the permitting process instead of streamlining and accelerating it."

10 posted on 05/18/2011 6:12:04 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: tobyhill

Do what the Democrats do. Send it to them over, and over, and over. Attach it to their spending bills. And then scream that the Democrats want you to spend $5.00 for a gallon of gas. Do it over, and over, and over again.


11 posted on 05/18/2011 6:12:19 PM PDT by FlyVet
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To: KoRn
Don’t make sense. There must be more to this.

There usually is.
12 posted on 05/18/2011 6:13:19 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Cicero

Anything is going to be faster than what’s going on now.


13 posted on 05/18/2011 6:13:46 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

You beat me to it, by zero seconds. I’m not sure, but Landrieu did just vote against the increased taxes on oil companies. They do generally listen to what the oil companies need to increase production in the Gulf.


14 posted on 05/18/2011 6:13:55 PM PDT by Cicero
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To: tobyhill
Smells like a poison pill amendment was attached by the Democrat Senate before the bill came to the floor for a vote.

Four of the five GOP "No" votes -- Shelby, Vitter, DeMint and Lee -- don't make sense. Of them, only the "pristine" Ms. Snowe would be expected to be in opposition to an otherwise common-sense bill.

15 posted on 05/18/2011 6:17:49 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: acapesket
Gotta be a reason for DeMint declining.

Could it be that having voted on the prevailing side, he may request a motion to reconsider?

16 posted on 05/18/2011 6:19:08 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month...April.)
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To: Cicero
"Some senators from oil-producing states argued the bill didn't go far enough. Republican Vitter and Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, claimed it would actually "slow down the permitting process instead of streamlining and accelerating it."

Per article.

17 posted on 05/18/2011 6:22:15 PM PDT by Jane Long (2 Chron 7:14)
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To: okie01

My only problem with any Republican voting no is that despite the fact the bill was not going to pass, it puts it on record as a bipartisan defeat.


18 posted on 05/18/2011 6:24:44 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Well there goes any support I had for a DeMint run at the WH in ‘12...


19 posted on 05/18/2011 6:26:21 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER
Could it be that having voted on the prevailing side, he may request a motion to reconsider?

That could be it. But it doesn't explain three other GOPers voting "no" (Shelby, Vitter, Lee).

20 posted on 05/18/2011 6:28:28 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: johniegrad

My guess is that there are some things in the bill that DeMint and Shelby figure will cause more problems than it’s worth. The article stated that the LA senators, Vitter and Landreiux, voted against it because of new, onerous rules on containment, and the permit process would be more fouled up than it is now.


21 posted on 05/18/2011 6:39:31 PM PDT by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: Cicero

If Vitter and Landrieux and DeMint voted no, then something was rotten with the bill. Dont’ know what it was, but there’s certainly more to this story.


22 posted on 05/18/2011 6:39:57 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: tobyhill

Well there goes any support I had for a DeMint run at the WH in ‘12...


23 posted on 05/18/2011 7:36:00 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: acapesket
From Vitter's website:

“The bill from Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., would add an unnecessary and burdensome new layer of regulation regarding containment plans just when energy companies have figured out how to comply with the administration's new requirements. This would slow down the permitting process instead of streamlining and accelerating it. The McConnell bill also fails to recognize the important role that states like Louisiana and Texas play in offshore oil production.

“We hope the Congress will put partisan politics aside and come together soon around an "all of the above" energy strategy that includes dramatically increased domestic production of oil and gas with revenue sharing particularly with coastal states.”

Link here. It sounds as if the GOP establishment wanted to add some regulatory hurdles to appease the Greenie Weenies. Vitter and Lee's states both have domestic refining and production so wouldn't agree to these additional hurdles.

24 posted on 05/18/2011 7:54:08 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: piytar

>>> Well there goes any support I had for a DeMint run at the WH in ‘12...>>>

Now let me get this straight. We’ve been slamming congress for passing bills without reading what’s in it, but we’re going to do a drive by comment slamming DeMint without knowing why he voted against the bill? That makes a lot of sense.


25 posted on 05/18/2011 8:10:32 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Ya make a good point, but the bill was pretty straight forward. DeMint’s vote just baffles me, so I spoke out of frustration.


26 posted on 05/18/2011 8:46:51 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: piytar

Seems like the more a senator knows about oil production, the less likely he or she was to vote for this. Knowing McConnell is not nearly the reliable guy DeMint is, I wouldn’t be surprised if McConnell loaded it up with crap to hurt the coastal states in favor of land locked states oil production. McConnell is from a land locked state of course.

Frankly, I don’t know this bill inside and out, but I know DeMint versus McConnell and I know how strongly Landrieu suddenly became in support of off shore production this month. It is just not possible that DeMint voted against a good energy bill and McConnell voted for one.


27 posted on 05/18/2011 8:50:40 PM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: piytar
See VigilanteMan's #24.

Evidently, in trying to satisfy the Susan Collins, Lindsay Grahams, Richard Lugars, etc., McConnell screwed up the Senate version of the bill with a bunch of environmental nonsense.

As a consequence, he lost the DeMints, Vitters, Lees and Shelbys.

Would've been better to keep the House bill -- which was straightforward -- and find out who needed to be primaried...

28 posted on 05/18/2011 8:52:51 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Just did some digging. Yes, there was some real junk in this bill that I’d missed. It was RINO appeasement of conservatives that would have done nothing for drilling.

I COMPLETELY recant my first comment. DeMint did the right thing.

Wow, the GOP is such a mess...


29 posted on 05/18/2011 8:53:06 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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To: okie01

“Would’ve been better to keep the House bill — which was straightforward — and find out who needed to be primaried...”

Yup. What I’d read earlier was the House bill. The Senate version was gunked up. The RINOs were claiming it would be fixed in committee. DeMint wisely didn’t believe them.

Again, I wholly recant my first comment.


30 posted on 05/18/2011 8:56:09 PM PDT by piytar (Obama opposed every tool used to get Osama. So of course he gets the credit. /hurl)
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