A green-supported bill to put another 2 million acres in nine states off limits to energy production failed in the House yesterday by two votes. House Republicans, noting that the move would cost up to $10 billion and block oil and gas development on millions of acres of federal property, prevented Democrats from getting the necessary two-thirds vote.
The lands are located in Oregon, Virginia, California, Colorado, Idaho, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah and West Virginia.
The Washington Post reported today that House Democrats pan to bring the bill up again, but the timing is unclear.
The Senate passed the bill (S. 22) in January.
From the Majority Tracker blog:
Rep. S. 22 is being considered under a special suspension process that suspends all House rules. This process is reserved for noncontroversial bills, limits debate to only 40 minutes and does not allow any amendments. So essentially, members were forced to vote yay or nay without the bill undergoing the scrutiny of the normal legislative process.
Here’s who-voted-how in the House.
Tell your congressman to oppose the S.22 land-grab because we need to “Drill here, Drill now.”