Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan
May 18th, 2011
03:03 PM ET
4 years ago

Senate rejects GOP oil drilling plan

Washington (CNN) - The Senate rejected a Republican measure Wednesday to expand offshore oil and gas drilling in U.S. coastal waters, signaling a continued partisan stalemate over energy policy and, more specifically, how to respond to rising gas prices.

The bill was defeated in a 42-57 vote. Sixty votes were required for passage.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    Republicans would rather spend tax dollars on oil companies than the WIC program. They would rather see malnourished babies and children, than continue these tax deductions for oil companies.

    Okay, let's do it the Republican way. Let the deductions continue. Add a new deduction that works similar to the AMT for individuals. They used to call this windfall profits tax. Big oil runs commercials claiming they spend their money in communities. I have never seen evidence of this, nor know anyone who has.

    May 18, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Dennis

    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You for doing the right thing.

    May 18, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  3. Jerry

    OK my fellow Democrats, now what!? You need to stop fighting Republicans and other non-supporters and start looking out for America's best interests instead of your political careers.

    The rest of the Democratic majority will be watching you from real close.

    Stay tuned! We are definitely not going away!

    May 18, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  4. james mcguire

    Time to shift the balance of power over to the right. Mining tax breaks championed by Reed and his ilk but anything that lowers the cost of gas for the people isn't on his agenda. It's time to clean house a little further than we did last election. Mr. President it's time you stand up and take the leadership role from Harry Reed and get this country moving again.

    May 18, 2011 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  5. bailoutsos

    Drilling will do nothing for the price of gas. Refineries just need to be shut down for "safety repairs" every so often to keep the supply of gas short and price up.

    May 18, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. Archie Bunker

    The gulf is dead and dying and will be for the next 100 years.Let them drill so we can get lower fuel prices.

    May 18, 2011 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  7. Guest

    We should focus and expand more on green energy prodiction, green energy powered machine, green energy powered electricity for residential and commercial and green energy powered vehicles. This will save us billions of dollars every month on fuel import cost and cut the dependance on foreign oil.

    May 18, 2011 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  8. Guest

    We should focus and expand more on green energy production, green energy powered machine, green energy powered electricity for residential and commercial and green energy powered vehicles. This will save us billions of dollars every month on fuel import cost and cut the dependance on foreign oil.

    May 18, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    America will have to wait until 2013 when the Republicans get control of the Senate for an effective energy policy. Until then, avoid jackrabbit starts, keep the air in your tires at the correct pressure and carpool whenever possible.

    May 18, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. tkeller

    It is beyond foolish to continue depending on foreign oil for 60% of our needs. Not only are we constantly at risk of price spikes and shortages, but our economy bleeds a billion dollars a day to purchase it. It's may not be convenient to admit it, but bringing that money back to the U.S. would go a long way to solving our economic problems..

    May 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  11. Mark

    Democrats again and gas keeps going up.

    May 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Fishbowl

    This administration WANTS high oil prices.

    May 18, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  13. Chas in Iowa

    I haven't seen any indication that domestic oil would be any cheaper than foreign oil. Do you really think the oil companies are going to chrge you less at the pump when they drill oil domesticlly? Remember there is no regulation on oil any more, they can do as they please.

    May 18, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  14. Bob H

    Change driving habits – no more outs and back – do a loop – learn how to convert your car to hydrogen using water – its not rocket science. We're at the point we're killing each other over the control of oil countries by to-big-to-fail corporations and banks who have taken over our country and our military. Wake-up people! It's not to late to innovate and chose another direction for our lives and our country. In God we may trust – all others must verify they're working for the people who put them there to create a peaceful and sustainable world where everyone benefits from the fruits of our labor.

    May 18, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Charles Chen

    Not even all of the Republicans in the Senate voted to support it....

    May 18, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  16. lynn

    The Republicans have just been handed a windfall of voters in their corner. The Democrats need to come up with an alternative or lose the election on energy policies alone.

    May 18, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Guester

    Finally some good news from Washington

    May 18, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. yeaok

    I'm still waiting for the Oil companies to drill the thousands of leases they already have.

    May 18, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Of cource not.....we need to kill the middle class, plus big oil will stop stuffing our personal pockets.....I think you should all a bunch of J/Os

    May 18, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. HAD ENOUGH? 9% unemployment, $4-5/gal gas, $1.7 TRILLION deficits, $14 TRILLION debt, Obamacare

    The Democrats have NEVER and will NEVER vote to increase oil drillin gin this country. Their entire platform revolves around driving gas and oil prices UP so their ridiculous green programs get money, and those people get rich at your expense.

    Elect Republicans in the Senate ( more than 60 please!) and the Whitehouse and this countries oil producing problems WILL be solved. Another reason to throw ALL of the Democrats OUT in 2012.

    May 18, 2011 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. ConservaFASCISTS

    Hip Hip Hooray for the environment!!!

    May 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. Name king

    Hey oil prices is not a supply and demand issue. This is a purely political issue for the repugs. Obama gave the oil companies more than enough permits to drill for oil else where, but the oil companies are not drilling, because there is not a oil shortage. Remember last year with the gulf spill. That one well spilled enough oil to supply the world for few years. Now think, how much Thousands of oil wells that are in the world that are even bigger than the one that spilled in the gulf. Come on people, how much longer are we going to allow the repugs and big oil to play with our intelligence.

    May 18, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  23. Aezel

    Anyone who has ever driven around down south knows how dumb this bill is. You drive by wells all the time that are not moving. Why? Because the oil companies shut them off until the price of oil gets higher. We already can increase our production immensely, the oil companies just won't do it, because the price of oil would go down. If you think more drilling permits will lower gas prices you are dumber than a brick.

    May 18, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  24. Radsenior

    In the Senate, there's proof positive the GOP/TEA party is against repealing benefits to greedy Oil companies.

    May 18, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. Scott

    Note didn't Obama say he wanted to be able to drill more offshore and that we have to stop relying so heavy on foreign oil? Well I guess the Democratic party doesn't seem to thinks so, I know they getting funds from those overseas while Republicans get it from the ones producing oil that is not imported.

    May 18, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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