Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Small, temporary victories

ANWR news flash:
Republicans … [fell] four votes short of stopping a filibuster of a must-pass military spending bill that had been amended to include a provision allowing drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. By attaching the ANWR provision to a military-spending bill, Republicans had hoped to force Democrats to make a politically unpopular vote in order to oppose ANWR drilling. Democrats and some Republicans called that a cynical ploy and launched the filibuster.
ANWR lives to be the center of a fight next year. This means that the defense budget must be redrafted to remove that provision. Since it's a conference report, it can't just be amended, both Houses have to go back to the committee.