What: All Issues : Environment : Wildlife/Forest/Wilderness/Land Conservation : S Con Res 18. Fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution/Vote to Maintain the Right of Extended Debate on Legislation Which Would Authorize Oil Drilling in ANWR. (2005 senate Roll Call 52)
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S Con Res 18. Fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution/Vote to Maintain the Right of Extended Debate on Legislation Which Would Authorize Oil Drilling in ANWR.
senate Roll Call 52     Mar 16, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Opening Alaska's National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for oil drilling has been hailed by the Bush Administration as essential to reducing U.S. dependence on foreign oil. To date, however, oil drilling in ANWR has failed to survive congressional scrutiny. The 2006 Budget Resolution-a non-binding budgetary blueprint for taxing and spending goals for the upcoming year and beyond-included provisions at the request of the White House to provide procedural protections for legislation which would authorize oil drilling in ANWR. More specifically, those provisions would invoke budget reconciliation rules for the consideration of ANWR oil drilling. If debated under reconciliation rules, legislation to allow oil drilling in ANWR could not be filibustered; a bare majority of 51 votes would be sufficient for passage. In an effort to preserve the Senate's right of extended debate (filibuster) on proposed drilling in ANWR, Senator Cantwell (D-WA) proposed an amendment which would have stripped the reconciliation rules regarding ANWR from the budget resolution. Progressives strongly supported Cantwell's proposal based on their view that oil drilling in ANWR is not a viable long-term solution to the nation's energy needs. Renewable energy sources, Progressives argued, should hold greater prominence in the nation's energy policy. Conservatives opposed Cantwell's amendment and argued that U.S. energy needs in the short term could only be satisfied with additional oil extraction. In the words of Senator Dominici (R-NM), "Let me assure everybody here that there is no one who knows how to get off of crude oil very quickly. In fact, I don't think anybody knows how America will ever be off of oil as a means of transportation and for many other things." On a close vote of 49-51, Cantwell's amendment was defeated, the reconciliation provisions for ANWR legislation remained in the 2006 Budget Resolution, and any 2006 legislation to open ANWR for oil drilling cannot be filibustered if the policy is debated under budget reconciliation rules (which will almost certainly be the case).

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