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We need more OIL, the USA has OIL. Why are we not using that oil?
The House offshore drilling battle begins
By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman - 05/04/11 07:10 PM ET
State of Play: The House will vote Thursday on a GOP-backed bill to
expand domestic oil drilling — one of several measures that reflect Republican
claims that the White House is stymieing U.S. energy production.
But Democrats hope to turn the vote into a referendum on oil industry tax breaks.
The Republican drilling bill, authored by House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), would set a timeline for Gulf of Mexico lease sales and mandate the sale of leases off the Virginia coast. The bill is expected to easily pass the chamber.
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House Republicans form energy coalition
By Andrew Restuccia - 05/04/11 02:50 PM ET
A group of House Republicans formed a coalition Wednesday to advocate for a slew of GOP energy priorities including
domestic oil-and-gas production.
The coalition, known as the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), will "promote Republican energy policies that will address rising energy prices, create thousands of good jobs and enhance our national security by promoting energy independence for America," according to a statement.
Members of the coalition include House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), among others.
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House Democrats will force vote Thursday on repealing oil tax subsidy
By Andrew Restuccia - 05/04/11 10:55 AM ET
House Democrats intend to force a vote on a measure that would eliminate a key oil industry tax break when Republicans bring a bill to expand domestic oil and-gas drilling to the floor Thursday.
As The Hill reported earlier Wednesday, the move is part of a broader effort by Democrats to
get Republicans on the record about oil tax breaks amid record industry profits and gas prices that are nearing $4 per gallon.
Top Senate Democrats are expected to unveil a plan to eliminate the tax breaks Wednesday. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he wants to vote on the issue as soon as possible.
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