On drilling a defeat for Bush
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FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2002

By rejecting an attempt to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling, the Senate has handed President Bush a stunning defeat, the analysts are saying.

It was also a setback to Republican proponents of development, writes The Washington Post. Saying efforts by Sens. Frank Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) "backfired," the paper says some GOPs were offended by their tactics.

In yesterday's vote, eight Republicans broke with the party line to oppose drilling. Only five Democrats wanted to keep a Murkowski-authored amendment in the energy bill under debate.

How They Voted:
Senate Roll Call: Arctic Wildlife Refuge Oil Drilling (The Washington Post 4/19)

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Senate Rejects Oil Drilling in Arctic Wildlife Refuge (AP 4/18)
A Stinging Repudiation Engineered by 3 Democrats (The Washington Post 4/19)
Senate Vote Blocks Drilling in Refuge (The Washington Post 4/19)
Senate refuses to open ANWR (The Anchorage Daily News 4/19)
Senate vote keeps lid on ANWR (The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 4/19)
ANWR drilling defeated (The Washington Times 4/19)
Senate Blocks Oil Drilling in Arctic Reserve (The Los Angeles Times 4/19)
Powerful opposing forces killed proposed Alaskan oil drilling and tighter fuel standards (AP 4/19)
Senate Blocks Drilling in Alaska Wildlife Refuge (The New York Times 4/19)
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Relevant Links:
Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Fish and Willdife Service -
The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Pro-Development site -

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