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Republicans Set to Pass Bill to Expand
Offshore Drilling, Replace President’s Plan

July 25, 2012, 4:00 AM

The House will vote July 25 on a bill (H.R. 6082) that would replace President Obama’s proposed offshore oil and gas leasing plan for 2012-2017 with a much larger lease-sale schedule.

The House began debate July 24 on the Republican-sponsored bill and eight amendments that were made in order for debate by the House Rules Committee. Roll-call votes were postponed.

Republicans concede their bill will not be taken up by the Democrat-controlled Senate, but they see it as a key component of their goals to expand domestic energy production and to make energy policy an election-year campaign issue.

Republicans also ...