31 July 2006

S. 3711, the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security bill.

**updated 4:40 pm cdt tuesday 01 august 2006** S.3711 just passed the senate on final passage vote 71 yeas - 25 nays. the bill now goes to the house for debate.
*updated 5:05 pm cdt** via c-span2 the senate has just voted 72 yea - 23 nay to invoke rule XXII: the cloture rule which is a rule to limit debate on S.3711. a final vote on the bill could come tomorrow. the bill then will have to go to the house for debate.
senator mary landrieu will be on the c-span program washington journal tomorrow morning tuesday 01 august 2006 starting at 6:00 am central time.

according to the senate.gov website:
Monday, July 31, 2006
2:00 p.m (1:00 p.m. cst): Convene and begin a period of morning business.
Thereafter, resume consideration of S. 3711, the Gulf of
Mexico Energy Security bill.
Title: A bill to enhance the energy independence and security of the United States by providing for exploration, development, and production activities for mineral resources in the Gulf of Mexico, and for other purposes.
The U.S. Senate is expected to vote Monday on whether to expand oil and gas drilling to more than 8 million acres of Gulf waters that currently are off-limits to energy development.

The bill also would give a greater share of the revenue from the offshore oil and gas to Louisiana and other Gulf states.

The issue is being watched by people all across the country. Supporters hope it will make more oil available and help keep down the price of fuel. Business groups from various regions have been lobbying hard for the bill.
more later...