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Updated: March 20, 2012 8:22AM



House

OIL EXPORTS AND KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., to the Protecting Investment in Oil Shale the Next Generation of Environmental, Energy, and Resource Security Act (H.R. 3408). The amendment would have required oil transported by the Keystone XL pipeline to be used in the U.S. unless a presidential waiver was granted on the grounds that exporting the oil would not increase prices or would not increase dependence on imports from hostile nations. The vote, on Feb. 15, was 173 yeas to 254 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, yea

MATERIALS USED IN KEYSTONE XL PIPELINE: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Michael F. Doyle, D-Pa., to H.R. 3408. The amendment would have made issuance of a permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline conditional on 75 percent of iron and steel used in the U.S. portion of the pipeline being produced in North America. The vote, on Feb. 15, was 193 yeas to 234 nays. Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, yea

DRILLING OFF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COAST: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Lois Capps, D-Calif., to H.R. 3408. The amendment would have struck from the bill a provision authorizing oil and natural gas drilling in waters off the Southern California coast. The vote, on Feb. 15, was 160 yeas to 267 nays. Votes: Donnelly, nay; Visclosky, yea

OIL AND GAS DRILLING OFF NORTHEAST COAST: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Timothy H. Bishop, D-N.Y., to H.R. 3408. The amendment would have barred the sale of oil and natural gas drilling leases off the coast of Northeastern states. The vote, on Feb. 15, was 169 yeas to 257 nays. Votes: Donnelly, nay; Visclosky, yea

SAFETY RULES FOR OFFSHORE DRILLING: The House rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Colleen W. Hanabusa, D-Hawaii, to H.R. 3408. The amendment would have required the Interior Secretary to establish safety and environmental protection requirements for oil and natural gas wells in offshore waters. The vote, on Feb. 16, was 189 yeas to 228 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, nay; Visclosky, yea

REVIEWING RENEWABLES PROJECTS: The House approved an amendment sponsored by Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., to H.R. 3408. The amendment would limit the scope of National Environmental Policy Act reviews of proposed renewable energy projects on federal lands and waters. The vote, on Feb. 16, was 250 yeas to 171 nays.

Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, nay

AUTHORIZING NEW OIL DEVELOPMENT: The House passed H.R. 3408, sponsored by Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo. The bill would open exploration for oil and natural gas production off the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts, authorize drilling in portions of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska and establish rules for development of oil shale resources in the Rocky Mountain states. The vote, on Feb. 16, was 237 yeas to 187 nays. Votes: Donnelly, yea; Visclosky, nay

Senate

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE: The Senate confirmed the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan to serve as a Circuit Judge on the Eleventh Circuit. The vote, on Feb. 15, was 94 yeas to 5 nays.

Votes: Coats, yea; Lugar, yea



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