Peterson Amendment Thwarted

By May 18, 2006Energy

FYI, the Putnam-Capps Amendment — to strip the Peterson language from the Interior Appropriations bill — just passed tonight, unfortunately, by a vote of 217-203 tonight.

Thanks to all of you who weighed in. This is the best vote in the House on this issue that’s happened thus far. Thanks to Rep. Peterson for his tenacity and leadership. After the vote, he released this statment:

“Tonight’s vote was certainly one that we would like to have won, but I was encouraged by the tone of the debate and believe genuinely that once all the facts are put in plain view of the American people, this Congress will decide to do what’s right for the future of our nation’s economy.

To me, the matter of whether we’ll eventually produce natural gas safely offshore is not an issue of ‘if,’ but rather of ‘when.’ The question is: Will we do it soon while we still have remnants of an industrial base to protect, or will we do it later when all those industries and the millions of jobs they provide are gone forever? The extent to which we’re able to keep our economy running will depend on the timing of that decision.

This thing ain’t over. Stay tuned.

Here’s a link to the roll call vote. See how your member of Congress voted, then click here to either thank them or, well….