Ugh, ANWR drilling passes 49-51. Sounds like the fight isn’t over yet, though:
Republican leaders included the drilling provision in the Senate budget resolution, allowing it to pass with the support of a simply majority instead of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster. But Democrats hope that procedural maneuver will be the measure’s undoing.
Congress has failed to approve a final budget each of the last two years, and a similar failure this year would nullify yesterday’s Senate approval and force a drilling bill to get the 60 votes necessary to end a filibuster, instead of 50.