League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld issued the following statement after current Republican leadership inserted offshore drilling language into a larger tax extender bill. This comes after an abandoned attempt earlier this week to suspend the rules and pass the drilling bill with minimal debate and no opportunity for amendments. The bill would open up an additional 8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to drilling and divert tens of billions of dollars in offshore drilling revenues from the federal treasury.
“Unfortunately, the Republican leadership's decision to sneak the offshore drilling bill into a broad tax package as they rush to leave town is par for the course. The 109th Congress ends as it began: with backroom deals, abuse of process, and handouts to the oil industry. LCV urges members to oppose this cynical ploy when it comes to a vote tonight or tomorrow.
The contrast between this Congress ending with a last minute gift to Big Oil and the new Congress beginning with a promise to repeal billions of dollars in oil subsidies and put them into clean energy for consumers within the first 100 hours could not be more stark."
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