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House Votes to Expand Offshore Drilling

Fuel Fix reports that “even before the House voted on Thursday to force the federal government to allow drilling off the South Carolina, Virginia and California coasts, lawmakers admitted the plan was going nowhere.”  

“The Republican-backed drilling legislation, which was approved in a 229-185 vote, is a compilation of other measures that have passed the House before only to stall in the Senate, and it is sure to meet the same fate this time around, a political reality even bill backers acknowledged.”  

“’It is clear that this bill will not become law as it is,’ said Rep. Jim Costa, D-Calif., who supported the measure. ‘We have previously voted on these measures before in other bills in this Congress, and the United States Senate has failed to take them up, nor will they take this bill up.’”

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