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Arctic Oil Bill Sends Message to Trump With House Passage (1)

Sept. 12, 2019, 4:04 PMUpdated: Sept. 12, 2019, 4:34 PM

The House passed a bill Sept. 12 to ban drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

H.R. 1146, introduced by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), would repeal the oil and gas drilling program in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge created by the 2017 tax law. It passed 225-193, largely along party lines.

The bill—which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has no intention to take up in the Senate and which President Trump has pledged to veto—nevertheless sends a message from House Democrats that they object to the administration’s...

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