What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Ban Off-Shore Oil Drilling in California. (2002 house Roll Call 315)
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HR 5093. Interior Appropriations for 2003/Vote to Ban Off-Shore Oil Drilling in California.
house Roll Call 315     Jul 17, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

The Department of the Interior is charged with managing federal lands, including the water just off the country's coastline. Capps (D-CA) used this fact to her advantage. When the bill to fund the Interior Department came up for debate, she proposed an amendment that banned oil drilling off the coast of California. Progressives supported the ban because they believed that oil drilling platforms were unsightly and that such drilling risked major oil spills and damage to the environment. To support their argument for a California ban, they pointed to a similar ban that President Bush had imposed on drilling off the coast of Florida. The amendment was adopted 252-172.

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