Senate Passes Tax Bill With ANWR Provision

Senate Passes Tax Bill With ANWR Provision

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After debating much of Tuesday, the Senate voted on the tax bill well after midnight, approving the bill, 51 to 48. The provision to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling and oil exploration passed with the bill. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) wrote the ANWR measure in the bill. The provision to open ANWR requires the federal government to hold two lease sales within seven years, and the first lease sale must be held within four years of the passage. The House approved the bill earlier Tuesday, December 19, but will have to vote again on today, Wednesday. Democrats in the Senate persuaded the chamber that several minor provisions in the House bill violated Senate rules, forcing the House into a second vote. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Senate-tax-bill-passes-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-Senate-tax-bill-passes-1.mp300:00RPd Senator Dan Sullivan, (R-AK), also spoke on the Senate floor late Tuesday, saying that the passage has been a long time coming for most Alaskans.center_img Sen. Murkowski stated on the Senate floor on Tuesday, that the provision will create thousands of jobs in Alaska and other states, and new wealth and security for the country through oil production. Sen. Murkowski (R-AK)”When you have small area with enormous potential, why would we continue to deny that opportunity?” The $1.5 trillion package will provide steep tax cuts for businesses and the wealthy and more modest cuts for middle- and low-income families. The area is believed to be the largest onshore oil prospect in North America, holding an estimated 10.4 billion barrels of conventional oil. The effort to open ANWR has the support of state leaders. Governor Bill Walker calling it a “bold move” and promising “the state will do everything it can to provide the infrastructure needed to responsibly access the 1002 section of ANWR.”last_img

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