WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) President Deb Callahan released the following statement today after the House Majority Leadership pulled the budget reconciliation bill from consideration on the House floor. Last night, the leadership removed provisions from the bill that would have opened the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and America's coasts to drilling.
"Today is a good day for the American public and our environment. We commend our allies in the House for their efforts to successfully remove controversial provisions that would have opened the Arctic Refuge and our coasts to oil drilling. This is a major step forward and further evidence that a majority of Americans want real solutions to our energy problems, not more giveaways to big oil companies already making record profits.
"With the entire budget bill being pulled from consideration today, we believe this reflects the strength of America's pro-environment majority and the truly bipartisan nature of conservation issues.
"However, the fight must continue; the Senate bill includes Arctic drilling, and if the House bill is brought back it still would allow for the sell-off of public lands to private special interests."