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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Flippity Floppity

Will Senator Norm Coleman support drilling in ANWR? That's a good question. He has said that he opposes drilling for oil in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge. Then he said maybe that's not such a bad idea. Today, he's against it. Will that change?

It's more than an elementary question. Republicans will attempt to put the drilling provision in the budget bill, a bill that can't be filibustered. Thus, it can pass with a bare majority of votes. Even if Coleman votes against the amendment to allow drilling, he may very well vote for the overall bill, and because the vote will probably be close, his vote will matter. We're waiting.

2 Comments:

At 12:04 AM, March 16, 2005, Blogger alion said...

I think this is not quite right. Tomorrow, Wednesday, the Senate will vote on PAYGO rules. My understanding is that if they pass, one way or the other the budget bill becomes filibusterable, cannot pass with a simple majority. Which is part of why it is very important that the PAYGO rules pass. If, howver, the Senate does not reinstitute PAYGO rules, then you're right. And then most likely Norm will have actually voted against drilling in ANWR before voting for it.

 
At 2:10 PM, March 16, 2005, Blogger Hammer said...

Any word on whether PAYGO rules were reinstated today?

 

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