July 28th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
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This day in Ticker history: Reid putting offshore drilling to a vote

Editor's Note: The following story appeared on the CNN Political Ticker on July 28, 2008.

From CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett

(CNN) – Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Monday surprised Senate Republicans by offering them the chance to vote this week on four GOP-backed energy measures, including offshore drilling.

The Senate has been gridlocked for days on an energy bill, as both sides argue over which amendments will be allowed.

Republican leader Mitch McConnell, in an exchange with Reid on the senate floor, said he was “very encouraged” by the proposal but said he would have to confer with his leadership team before formally responding to the offer later in the day.

Reid said Democrats would allow votes on GOP amendments that would permit new drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf; the development of oil shale in western states; construction of new nuclear power plants; as well as a vote on broader legislation Republicans have dubbed “drill more, use less,” which includes offshore drilling, conservation initiatives, the development of battery technology, and language to curb speculation in the oil futures market.

Reid said Democrats would offer four of their own proposals, but did not specify what those would be.

He said all amendments would need 60 votes to pass, a threshold that could make it difficult for any of them to succeed.

Republicans, buoyed by recent polls showing a majority of Americans support new offshore drilling, have said they are confident they can get more than 50 senators to support expanded drilling, if not the 60 votes needed to pass.

The possible breakthrough comes days before Congress recesses for August and lawmakers return home to face constituents anxious for relief at the pumps.

Filed under: Energy • Harry Reid • Mitch McConnell • Senate • This Day in Ticker History
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. gary

    We need an energy policy that grows nuclear, solar and wind but that policy has to include domestic off shore oil drilling. We need to restart drilling ASAP and work to make it as safe as possible.

    July 28, 2010 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  2. jim

    IN 1995 president Bill Clinton signed the Outer Continental Shelf Deep Water Royality Relief Act which exempted oil wells drilled in the Gulf from normal royality payments owed to the government for the oil.After that was signed into law oil exploration in the deep ocean waters of the Gulf took off.The fact that we don't have a rational energy policy in this country only need to look at both political parties including the president as for why this is.!!!

    July 28, 2010 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  3. DOG1

    I would hope that if they do allow more off-shore drilling it is with new, really effective regulations and oversight unlike the ones that Reagan, Bush1and Bush 2/ Cheney left us with. Unfortunately that probably won't happen if Republicans are involved. They don't want the industry that feeds them to be regulated at all.
    If the industry can come up with PROVEN, effective technology for spill prevention and If each company that intends to drill puts up a 20 to 30 Billiion dollar escrow for their operation, like the one BP agreed to, it should be considered.
    On the other side, it should only considered if the government stops all the huge, unnecessary subsidys the oil industry now collects and if they create an oversight agency that will actually do the job.
    I seriously doubt any of this will even be considered, any legislation will only be what the lobbyists allow them to create.

    July 28, 2010 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  4. RinMaine

    "Republican leader Mitch McConnell, in an exchange with Reid on the senate floor, said he was “very encouraged” by the proposal but said" he is not allowed to think for himself or be out after dark.

    July 28, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  5. Kevin in Ohio

    If you read carefully, the legislation was about more than just offshore drilling.... more evidence that this Congress just doesn't get it, and never has.

    July 28, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Doc

    And the rest , as they say, is Catastrophe!

    {Mr. Rogers} – Can you say Deepwater Horizon?
    {children} – Ecological Disaster!
    {Mr. Rogers} – Good! I Knew you could!

    July 28, 2010 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  7. gt

    we need jobs... thanks harry

    July 28, 2010 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  8. vwrtb

    Can anyone name anything specific unions have received from this administration with any substance whatsoever! I’m in a union and I can’t find anything! Someone please show me so I can have the nerve to vote democrat again because in a little let down… I’m of the first generation that will not receive a pension and most likely social security… This is not the America my parents grew up in! Thanks for nothing republicans for your globalization and trickle down effect… My future and the future of my only child are hopeless thanks to your republican policies! America has truly lost its greatness… Maybe you republicans can ask Nike how to create good paying domestic jobs… Um, I’m kidding delusional GOPers!

    July 28, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  9. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    It might be a good idea to wait until we have a solid replacement for oil before we close down off shore drilling most people of this country are too poor to by electric cars and pay higher energy bills .

    July 28, 2010 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  10. Mike

    Geat gesture, only his girl Pelosi has blocked it in the house at the dismay of many bipartisan representatives on both sides. I think this is another ploy to protect the president and further investigations

    July 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  11. Keith in Austin

    Sounds like a political ambush in the making!

    July 28, 2010 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  12. Jess C

    Of course the GOP is "encouraged" because this bill is such an anemic version of what it was intended to be. I think they still believe the world is flat since science has no merit to them at all. Again, selfish interests and corporate greed continue to drive us with no regard to the health of our planet....very sad for our children.

    July 28, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  13. Terry B., Lexington, Ky

    I wonder what the "drill here drill now" loons are thinking these days?

    July 28, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  14. marcia

    Well,Harry seems to know what is good for those who are losing their incomes everyday due to this STUPID decision!

    July 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    You can count on Reid to be up to no good.

    July 28, 2010 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  16. Louisiana Man

    Our illustrious 'public servants and leadership' has habitually failed the citizens in any attempt to secure an alternative to fossil fuels.
    The powerful and almighty $$ has blinded them to reality.

    Consequently our beautiful planet continues to be plummeted, ravaged, raped and sucked to the grain for her resources.

    This tragic explosion was all telling and 'in your face'. But the power's that be still want to continue to drill-

    Yes, I know we are dependent on oil-But earth provides us the environment in which to subside and we are destroying our own homeland.

    Its time to wise up before Mother Earth rebels and we're all out of a job.

    July 28, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  17. False conspiracy fears are GOP Taliban tactics

    Yesterday, I did not have a chance to comment on AZ Gov. Brewer's hard line stance against the federal government. It is time for the federal government to stop sending money to Arizona until the matter of the AZ attack on the constitutional rights of citizens is dealt with.

    July 28, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. jpmichigan

    Surprising! When close to re-election Mr. Reid acts civil to the Republican leadership. Careful of the wolve in sheep clothing. The games are a foot. Little to late Mr. Reid!

    July 28, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  19. Take America Back

    Be careful Mr McConnell......remember once a snake, always a snake.....don't trust him, he'll bite you. Do you know why? Because he's a snake and that's what snakes do. I know Reid and company are in re-election battles and one would tend to think he is ready to score points.....but one must count the cost of those points. Allowing thier agenda to be brought to the floor in order to get your own agenda there COULD open a "can of worms" (or in this case, "a can of snakes")

    July 28, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Hugo

    Harry Reid doing what he truly excels at, killing jobs! How about Drill Baby Drill, only Drill Safe, Drill responsibly, and Drill with Government oversight. Oops, I guess that last one slipped in there thinking they were actually responsible and capable of oversight... How about those Liberal Dems for the poor and hard working (sic), their Poster child Bill Clinton's dumping 3-5 million on his daughters wedding...How many Haitians could you feed for that chump change?

    July 28, 2010 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Mesa Mick

    And in 2008 what did the rethuglicants do to the offer of a compromise that gave them what they wanted?

    Why they said "NO!" of course and continue to do so to this day.

    Anybody that votes for the backwards looking, obstructionist rethuglicant this fall is un-American.

    Un-American not for being a conservative but because the GOP and it's "good conservative christian" vigilantes are stagnating the growth and progress of the country, eliminating a progressive and compassionate middle classs and turning the US into "We're #2! – We're #2!"

    July 28, 2010 10:59 am at 10:59 am |