Amendment to Limit Drilling In Alaska Defeated

Oct 21, 2017

The Senate voted down a Democratic attempt to stop drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Senator Maria Cantwell offered the amendment during the debate on the budget resolution. Many Democrats believe the area is ecologically sensitive and cannot sustain drilling. Cantrell said, “The notion that we, tonight, after 60-plus years, would give up what is a biologically important area, a critical habitat for polar bears, a breeding ground for caribou, migratory birds and over 200 species — for what? For oil we don’t need?” Alaska Republican Senator Murkowski replied, “Those who would support this amendment will deny us the opportunity to do something constructive in this country, when it comes to our opportunities to produce energy, to produce wealth.” She went on to argue that by developing energy in federal lands, the nation’s deficit could be reduced as well as strengthen the nation’s national security and competitiveness. The amendment was defeated 52-48.