This country needs to build 4 refineries and start drilling it's own oil again.
Once AGAIN THE REPUBLICANS IN CONGRESS PROVE THEY DON'T KNOW HOW TO BE A MAJORITY
WASHINGTON - A solid phalanx of Republican moderates drove House GOP
leaders to drop a hotly contested plan to open an Alaskan wilderness area to oil
drilling as a sweeping budget bill headed toward a vote Thursday.
A plan to
allow states to lift a moratorium on oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific
coasts was also axed.
Still, passage of the broader plan cutting $54 billion
from federal benefit programs through the end of the decade remains a challenge,
even after the provision permitting oil exploration in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge was dropped.
The Senate has included ANWR drilling in its
budget bill and GOP leaders are likely to push hard for the final House-Senate
version of the bill to include it.
Many of the same moderates opposed to the
drilling plan remain opposed to the bill's provisions curbing Medicaid's growth,
tightening eligibility for food stamps and cutting student loan subsidies.