2 Parties Differ Over Offshore Drilling Expansion

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Washington, D.C. (AP) - Democrats and Republicans are battling over how to boost offshore drilling, days after President Barack Obama called for increased U.S. oil production in the face of $4-a-gallon gasoline prices.

Both parties say they want to allow responsible oil and gas
drilling a year after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S.
history, but they appeared far apart on details.

The Senate is voting Wednesday on a GOP bid to speed up
decision-making on drilling permits and force the Obama
administration to conduct previously scheduled lease sales in the
Gulf of Mexico and off Virginia's coast. The sales were suspended
after the BP spill.

Democrats have focused on repealing billions in tax breaks for
large oil companies and called on companies to drill where they
hold leases now.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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