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House Panel Advances Bill to Ban Arctic Oil and Gas Drilling

May 1, 2019, 7:13 PM

The House Natural Resources Committee on May 1 advanced a bill to repeal the oil and gas program in the the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but the legislation is unlikely to go far in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The panel approved, on a 22-14 vote, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plains Protection Act (H.R. 1146), with Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) the only member to vote against his party, submitting a “no” vote.

Prior to the vote, several GOP lawmakers including Rep. Garret Graves (R-La.) scoffed at the bill’s chances of ever becoming law and accused...

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