Skip to comments.House passes GOP energy bill, 237-187
Posted on 02/16/2012 5:25:44 PM PST by ColdOne
The House on Thursday evening passed a bill that seeks to encourage oil shale development, drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), and offshore drilling in the Atlantic, Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico, as well as force approval of the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.
The House approved the bill on a party line vote of 237-187. Despite Democratic objections to the bill throughout the week, 21 Democrats joined the GOP majority in the final vote, offsetting the 21 Republicans who voted against it.
The Protecting Investment in Oil Shale, the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy and Resource Security (PIONEERS) Act, H.R. 3408, is seen by Republicans as a way to expand drilling and create revenues for the government that would help fund the GOP's highway authorization bill.
But Democrats spent the week arguing that the bill would not create the revenues Republicans hoped, and would lead to environmental damage. Democrats seized on the oil shale language in particular by arguing that even energy companies believe significant oil shale production is decades away.
"What they do is, they bring out proposals here that try to build real highways with fake oil revenues that are never going to materialize," Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) said in Wednesday's debate. "So rather than working here in the real world, where the real transportation needs of our country are dealt with real revenues that are coming in, they talk about oil shale, which Shell [Oil Co.] says is at least another 10 years away."
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I think we need to know who the 21 Republicans are that voted against this.
So, whol were the 21 Republicans who voted against this bill?
The GOP should do one of these bills everyday and then run to the cameras outside the chamber and tell the Lame Stream Media what they did.
Me, too. Which Republicans voted against it?
here ya go. GOP in roman, Dem in italics, Independents are underlined
DOA in the Senate as long as Harry Reid is Majority Leader. Thanks very much Nevada for choosing him over Sharon Angle.
Yeah, we want names!
The Florida R’s probably voted against it because they have districts on the Gulf and are still leery of offshore drilling close to the shore.
Frelinghuysen is a question mark to me. Usually Hobart alumni are smarter than this . . .
2. Bass (NH)
10 Miller (FL)
12. Johnson (IL)
18. Smith (NJ)
21. Young (FL)
The following GOPers missed the vote entirely:
WEST voted against? He seems to be all over the place.
Doth mine eyes deceive me? Did the great Col. Allan West vote NO?? If so, why??!!
FWIW, the 5 Republicans who missed the vote seem to be paired with 5 Democrats. So that’s probably OK.
Wonder what DC hotel they had checked into?
Throw the 21 RINO LEACHES OUT in 2012!!!
They stink the High Heavens! The Demorats have most probably bought them off with either Money or Blackmail!
if they were not already Corrupted and Decayed Dirtballs!!
It seems to me that Congress is more interested in the revenue stream than increased oil production. They’ll be willing to sell it to anyone just to get the funding for their projects: “Transportation infrastucture” and “Wetlands restoration”. The last thing they’re interested in is cheap, abundant, and secure energy.
I don’t know if this is THE West we like.
I believe there is only one Congressman West. I checked it, and don’t find another.
Very strange. I’d like to know his reasoning. Is it because he is bowing to Florida’s dislike of oil drilling off their coast?
There’s only one West in the House so yes, it’s THE West.
Come on! Day 47 of the Freepathon and only 44 days until the start of the next. What will you do and where will you go if it goes?
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And drive them out of office.
Guess they finally got to him. Another one on my sh** list.
Glad I didn’t donate.
Have you read the bill?
Nearly very bill is chock full of BS provisions, many of which have nothing to do with the subject and others that are 'poison pills' that turn otherwise supporters away.
Unless you have read the bill and could say with certainity it contains none I suggest you hold fire.
If I were a congress person I would vote no on almost everything for exactly that reason. I am sure there is something in almost every bill that I could not live with.
That is my one gripe, every bill should be a short, clean bill.
This is actually a short bill and only took a few seconds to read. I can’t see anything wrong with it.
I don’t understand why West voted against it.
I can’t find the bill to read. Where did you read it?