House votes for oil drilling off California coast
July 26, 2012
In an election-year swipe at President Barack Obama’s energy policies, the Republican-led House on Wednesday voted to revoke Obama’s five-year plan for offshore drilling, replacing it with its own more ambitious plan for gas development that opens up areas of the California coastline. [SFGate]
The proposal passed 253-170 with 25 Democrats supporting it. The House also voted 261-164 to reject Obama’s plan.
Democratic Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts argued that, “The Republican bill would place drill rigs right off our beaches in Southern California.”
Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., countered saying the GOP plan would generate $600 million in additional revenue and create tens of thousands of new jobs.
Even so, the legislation will likely perish in the Senate and the White House has issued a veto threat.