It’s getting dangerously close to “throw the bastards out” time. It’s not just about steel tariffs anymore.

House GOP leaders agreed Wednesday night to strip their budget bill of plans to open Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to oil drilling, probably securing the votes to pass the measure today.

The actions were a stunning setback for those who have tried for years to open a coastal strip of ANWR to oil development and a victory for environmentalists who have lobbied hard against the drilling provisions there and off the nation’s coasts — regions currently under a drilling moratorium.

HoustonChronicle.com – GOP strips Arctic, offshore drilling from budget

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