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League of Conservation Voters Statement on Senate Arctic Budget Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chuck Porcari, (202) 785-8683; Mark Sokolove, (202) 785-8683 March 17, 2006  

WASHINGTON, DC - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld today issued the following statement after the Senate narrowly passed a budget resolution that threatens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge with oil drilling.

"In yet another blatant abuse of power, anti-environmental leaders in the Senate are using the budget process in a misguided attempt to open one of America's most pristine wild places to oil drilling: the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. 

"We applaud Senators Maria Cantwell (WA), John Kerry (MA) and Russ Feingold (WI) for their tireless leadership in protecting the Arctic Refuge from oil drilling. Last year, they successfully fought back an effort by Senator Ted Stevens (AK) to hold hostage vital funds for our troops and Hurricane Katrina victims in order to reward Big Oil special interests.  Now, on the heels of the biggest oil spill on Alaska's North Slope, they are once again standing up for this national treasure.

"We urge the House of Representatives to reject this cynical attempt to open the Arctic Refuge to drilling. This issue should be settled once and for all. The American public wants real solutions to our energy challenges, not more drilling that only perpetuates our nation's unsustainable dependence on oil." 

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