Senate Rejects ANWR Drilling
Remember a year ago when Bush thought he had the political capital to do whatever they wanted, and Republicans like Grover Norquist thought they were in complete control and on the way to a permanent majority? It looks like the Republicans have been stopped again:
The Senate blocked oil drilling in an Alaska wildlife refuge Wednesday, rejecting a measure that had been put into a must-pass defense spending bill in an attempt to garner wider support.
Drilling supporters fell four votes short of getting the required 60 votes to avoid a threatened filibuster of the defense spending legislation. Senate leaders were expected to withdraw the legislation so it could be reworked without the refuge language. The vote was 56-44.