CR ‘Discussion Draft’ Riles GOP

Posted September 22, 2008 at 4:53pm

House Democrats are circulating a “discussion draft” of a continuing resolution that is ruffling the feathers of GOP leaders over its offshore drilling provisions.

The 30-page draft from the Appropriations Committee seeks to fund the government at current levels through March 2009. It also includes drilling language lifted from a Democratic energy package that passed largely along partisan lines last week.

Specifically, it would allow coastal states to decide whether to drill for oil along their shores, but not allow them to partake in the revenues, which Republicans say will lead to no new drilling.

The document has a time stamp of 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the inclusion of drilling language in the CR is “not only a slap in the face to millions of families, seniors, and small businesses trying to make ends meet during our nation’s energy crisis, it’s unacceptable.”

House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) blasted Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for pushing through an energy bill last week that couldn’t become law, and for now trying to “use a must-pass, temporary appropriations measure to sneak it through.”

A House Democratic aide said the draft is only “a starting point for discussions. No final decisions have been made.”