WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld released the following statement today after the House narrowly passed its Budget Reconciliation bill early this morning.
"We commend our friends in the House who fought hard to remove egregious provisions from the budget that allow for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or off America's coasts - proposals that would do nothing to reduce energy prices but would harm our environment.
"However, this budget still includes Rep. Richard Pombo's (CA) sell-off of public lands to private special interests - yet another giveaway to his "Family & Friends Network" (http://www.lcv.org/images/client/pdfs/Pombo_Report_102505.pdf).
"With today's passage of the House budget reconciliation bill, the fight now moves to the conference committee. Although the House bill does not include a provision to drill in the Arctic, the Senate bill does allow for drilling in this pristine wilderness. We urge conferees to reject both this backdoor maneuver to drill in the Arctic and Rep. Pombo's land grab.
"As the debate on the budget reconciliation moves forward, LCV will continue to hold members of Congress accountable for their actions."