ANWR passed the House of Representatives today as a standalone measure in HR 5429 for the tenth time, showing the majority support for exploration in the 10-02 Area by the people’s representatives. The vote at 3:30pm today was broken down as follows: 225 Yea, and 201 Nay with 7 representatives not voting. The “yeas” comprised of 198 Republicans and 27 Democrats and the “nays” comprised of 30 Republicans, 170 Democrats, and 1 Independent. The vote cements the Congresses continual support for the passage of ANWR legislation.
This vote being all the more meaningful as no provision or external amendment was attached to the issue. This was a straight-up vote on opening the 10-02 Area. The Senate, which also has a majority support for ANWR and passed an ANWR measure this March in a Budget Resolution, will now receive HR 5429 and debate it.
It is expected Democrat obstructionist senators such as Cantwell, Kerry, and Clinton will filibuster the bill, effectively killing it unless 60 votes can be achieved. The irony to the American public, that even with a majority support on ANWR in both houses of Congress, it still doesn’t allow legislation to become law. A minority handful of obstructionist senators can, and do, prevent the votes of the clear majority to become reality. However no one can deny that, in this historic tenth time ANWR legislation has come to the floor and passed the floor of the House, the message could not be more clear: the Congress of the United States supports ANWR!
We urge all readers to visit the ACTION ANWR webpage to voice your support in the Senate for the successful continuation of this bill in Congress. Visit http://action.anwr.org for more information on the vote and what you can do to help.
You can see the final vote tally for todays vote by Representative at the following website: