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Thursday
May052011

House Passes "Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act”

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The House of Representatives passed a bill Thursday aimed at restarting an American offshore leasing program, which would require the administration to move forward with lease sales along the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico that it has delayed or canceled.

The bill passed by a count of 266-149. Thirty-three Democrats crossed the aisle to vote, with all but two Republicans in favor of the bill.

The Obama administration has also announced its opposition to the measure.

This is the first of three bills coming to the floor in the coming days that is intended to free up domestic energy production.

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