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Conservation groups blast McCain bill that blocks moratorium on Grand Canyon uranium mining

By | 10.13.11 | 3:25 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

Conservation groups reacted swiftly Wednesday to a bill introduced by Republican Sens. John McCain and Orrin Hatch, among others, that would block the U.S. Interior Department from implementing a 20-year moratorium on new uranium mining near Grand Canyon National Park.

Giving up pet projects divides both GOP and Dems

By | 11.17.10 | 8:48 am

Yesterday’s vote among Senate Republicans to place a two-year moratorium on the practice of requesting earmarks looks like it’s shaping up to be the beginning, not the end, of a long debate about the issue. My article today describes the mixed feelings of many Republican senators signing onto the More…

Senate GOP pledges to forgo earmarks, for the most part

By | 11.16.10 | 6:35 pm

It’s official: Senate Republicans voted this afternoon to pass a moratorium on earmark requests among their members for the next two years. In addition, Sens. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) are making a bipartisan push for a floor vote tomorrow on statutory language that would apply to More…

Number of GOP senators committed to voting against earmarks grows to 19

By | 11.15.10 | 10:42 am

With the pressure mounting before the vote on earmarks in tomorrow’s Republican Conference meeting, a growing number of senators are coming out with statements in favor of Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) proposed moratorium on the practice. The group Taxpayers Against Earmarks has launched a feature on its website devoted More…

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Tea Party pressure puts Republicans in awkward position on earmark vote

By | 11.11.10 | 6:00 am

With a fight brewing between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Tea Party ringleader Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) over the practice of requesting earmarks in the Senate, most Republican Senators have been desperately hoping to avoid picking sides. But Tea Party groups, which are eagerly monitoring a closed-door Republican More…

Sen. Landrieu Will Block OMB Appointment Until Drilling Moratorium is Lifted

By | 09.23.10 | 4:32 pm

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) just announced that she will block the nomination of Jack Lew to be the Obama Administration’s new Office of Management and Budget (OMB) director “until the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling is lifted or significantly modified.” Her office points out that the Obama administration More…

Early End to Moratorium Won’t Stop Drilling Delays

By | 08.25.10 | 9:36 am

While President Obama may choose to end the six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling a month early, it doesn’t look like we’ll see any new drilling until 2011, Bloomberg reports:

Shallow Water Drillers Raise Concerns About Moratorium

By | 08.23.10 | 3:57 pm

Opponents of President Obama deepwater drilling moratorium have pounced on a story published Saturday in The Wall Street Journal saying that administration officials estimated that the drilling ban could result in the loss of 23,000 jobs.

And now, shallow water drillers are arguing that the moratorium will affect their More…

Obama Administration Defends Its Gulf Oil Spill Response

By | 08.23.10 | 9:56 am

Days after it emerged that the Obama administration estimated a moratorium on deepwater oil and natural gas drilling would cost 23,000 jobs and amid criticism from scientists that it is offering too-rosy assessments of the spill’s aftermath, key officials have launched a defense of the administration’s actions.

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Drilling Moratorium Amendment Now an Election Issue in Louisiana

By | 08.04.10 | 6:26 pm

In Louisiana, where Rep. Charlie Melancon (D-La.) is trying to steal Sen. David Vitter’s (R-La.) Senate seat, Melancon’s drilling moratorium amendment is becoming an election issue. The amendment allows oil companies that meet certain safety standards to bypass the Obama administration’s ban on deepwater drilling and was attached More…