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article imageDemocrats Set to Let Offshore Drilling Ban Expire

By Samantha A. Torrence     Sep 23, 2008 in Politics
The Democrats have decided to let the quater of a century ban of offshore drilling expire. The action will open up the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for oil exploration and drilling.
Democrats have "conceded defeat" on the issue of offshore drilling. Soaring prices over the summer strapped Americans and the call rose across the nation to deal with the problem. Democrats and Republicans disagreed on drilling for more oil as a solution. President Bush rescinded the executive ban on drilling; however, Nancy Pelosi said she wanted to preserve the environment and refused to allow voting to come to pass on rescinding the congressional ban. In response House Republicans went on a "sit in" during the 5 week vacation to pressure Democrats into allowing offshore drilling.
Now Democrats have decided to allow the congressional ban to expire which would open up. drilling on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts but does not include the 125 miles off of the western coast of Florida.
Democrats and Republicans look at the issue on opposite ends of the spectrum.
"If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices," said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.
Democrats had clung to the hope of only a partial repeal of the drilling moratorium, but the White House had promised a veto, Obey said.
The House is expected to act on the spending bill Wednesday. The Senate is likely to go along with the House.
"The White House has made it clear they will not accept anything with a drilling moratorium, and Democrats know we cannot afford to shut down the government over this," said Jim Manley, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. "We look forward to working with the next president to hammer out a final resolution of this issue."
Although the ban will be lifted, prices dipping because of the action are not expected any time soon, but more action taken to help the poor, victims of the hurricane, and other much needed budget provisions are now brought to the forefront.
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