Saturday, September 27, 2008

Issues

Don't you love how congress just okayed offshore drilling and no one wrote about it or cares? Typical. Here is is, buried with little fanfare under tons and tons of press about Paul Newman, who died today. Is that sad? Yes, of course it is. But this is sad too.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Senate overwhelmingly passed a spending bill Saturday that allows a 26-year ban on offshore oil drilling to expire, subsidizes federal loans for automakers and offers aid to Gulf Coast hurricane disaster victims.

The House already passed the $600 billion stop gap funding bill on Wednesday. The bill, which passed the Senate on a 78-12 vote, will continue government spending at the current level through March 6, 2009.

President Bush is expected to sign the measure.

The end to the ban on oil drilling off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts is a major victory for Republicans. Speeches at the Republican National Convention last month were often interrupted with chants of "Drill, baby, drill."

The ban will be lifted October 1.
Say goodbye to those coral reefs.

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