Skip to comments.Senate rejects drilling for oil in Arctic refuge
Posted on 03/14/2012 5:47:10 AM PDT by thackneyEdited on 03/14/2012 5:49:27 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]
The U.S. Senate on Tuesday resoundingly rejected a sweeping measure to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other protected areas to drilling as well as approve construction of the Keystone pipeline project.
The vote was the first time in four years the Senate has voted on a measure including ANWR drilling, and it failed miserably. The proposal needed 60 votes to pass and avoid a filibuster. It received only 41 votes in favor, with 57 senators against.
(Excerpt) Read more at adn.com ...
Sen. Pat Robertss (R-Kan.) amendment, which failed 41-57, would have also extended several energy efficiency and renewable fuels tax incentives and extend a pay freeze for federal workers, among other provisions.
Not exactly just a vote on ANWR.
Including Begich, three Democrats voted for the measure: Claire McCaskill of Missouri and Joe Manchin of West Virginia. Seven Republicans voted against it: Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; Scott Brown of Massachusetts; Bob Corker of Tennessee; Jim DeMint of South Carolina; Marco Rubio of Florida; and Mike Lee of Utah.
Thank you for posting this. I was wondering why so many voted against this.
Let me briefly describe the measure in more detail: it extends popular and much-needed tax relief, ranging from tax deductions for sending kids to college to the adoption tax credit. By supporting my amendment today, we can provide much-needed tax relief and certainty to millions of families and businesses for the remainder of the year...
Lets take a look at the deductibility of college tuition....
On the business side, my amendment addresses expired business provisions, including the research and development tax credit and tax incentives for leasehold improvements and restaurant depreciation...
It also extends enhanced small business expensing. Many small businesses use this benefit to buy equipment on an efficient after-tax basis. Its good for small business. Its good for small business workers. Its good for economic growth.
The amendment closes a tax loophole that insures that taxpayers claiming the refundable child tax credit provide proper identification on their tax returns...
Finally, this amendment includes a special deficit reduction trust fund. The trust fund would contain the savings from the energy production incentives, the refundable child tax credit provision, and an extension of the existing federal employee pay freeze.
Why won’t these folks keep it straight forward on one topic instead of giving other reasons to vote against it?
Very disappointing to see DeMint and Rubio vote against it. Very disappointing indeed.
Look at post #5.
The original article turned out to be very misleading.
This was a junk amendment.
A: They are POLITICIANS!! (see tag)
With a gallon of gas at this price the only people to blame are politicians. Obama for doing every possible thing to put us at the mercy of the cartel. The Senate for going along instead of serving those who elect them. Retribution at the ballot box, guaranteed!
dat’s a whole lotta RINO goin’ on...
Perhaps because they represent coastal states and other parts of the bill give them "cover"?
We need to get a provision passed into law that any bill other than the budget, must be less than 200 words and focus on one item. Anyone voting for it has to stand up and read it into the record.
The budget should be less than 10 pages.
I see our “Mama’s little Corker” is once again on the wrong side of the issue....pretty bad when a Tennesseean gets together with the liberal Maine twins and liberal Scott Brown...what a disappointment. Some of the others are a real surprise, too.
Ditto that, jpl.
” - - - Finally, this amendment includes a special deficit reduction trust fund. “
How can there be a financial trust fund when the Federal Government is broke 40 % of every year?
Seven Republicans voted against it: "Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine; Scott Brown of Massachusetts; Bob Corker of Tennessee; Jim DeMint of South Carolina; Marco Rubio of Florida; and Mike Lee of Utah."
I read every government “trust fund” to mean slush fund.
Read post 5 before you make up your mind.
This was a bad amendment, the original article I posted at first was misleading.
Did you ever stop to think that there might have been very good reasons to oppose it? The bill was larded up with all sorts of tax giveaways that had nothing to do with drilling in ANWR.