What: All Issues : Fair Taxation : H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Provide Tax Breaks to Energy Companies and Allow Oil Drilling in the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (2003 house Roll Call 130)
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H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Allow Consideration of a Bill to Provide Tax Breaks to Energy Companies and Allow Oil Drilling in the Pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
house Roll Call 130     Apr 10, 2003
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Loss

In 2003, the House Energy Committee created legislation outlining a national energy plan. In many respects, the energy legislation recently proposed is similar to legislation drafted in 2001. The 2001 legislation was defeated in conference committee because the House and Senate could not resolve their differences on issues such as oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR); similar challenges confronted the current energy plan. This vote involved a motion to order the previous question (thus ending debate and the possibility of amendment) on a rule governing debate on the energy plan (rules are resolutions drafted by the House Rules Committee-which function in effect as an arm of the majority party leadership-that govern the handling of a particular bill on the floor). As a general rule, lawmakers in the minority party who oppose a piece of legislation generally oppose the rule for debate (given the potential for punishment by the majority party leadership, majority party lawmakers seldom oppose either the motion to move the previous question or the rule). Progressives voiced opposition to key provisions in the energy plan which included: 1) allowing oil-drilling in ANWR; 2) the absence of investment in renewable energy sources; and 3) providing tax breaks for fossil-fuel energy producers. The motion to order the previous question was adopted on a nearly party-line vote of 226-202.

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