Senate passes budget bill with ANWR provision

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Published: Friday March 17, 2006

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In a close vote, the Senate has passed a budget that would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, according to the Anchorage Daily News.

Excerpts from their story follow:


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The Senate narrowly passed a budget bill Thursday that could lead to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, but there are more hurdles ahead and an end to the decades-old controversy is far from certain.

"We recognize that this is just the first step, but you've got to get through the first step so you can move it down the road," said Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska.

The vote Thursday evening was 51-49. It came without the emotional debate and poster-sized wildlife photos that have come to characterize the fight over the coastal plain in Alaska's far northeast. An expected Democratic amendment to strip ANWR drilling from the bill never materialized, and ANWR got hardly a mention on the Senate floor.


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Read the full story, via Scripps-Howard, here.