Arctic Drilling Provision Defeated in Senate

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1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Senate Democrats succeed in blocking a Republican plan to allow oil drilling in the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, shown here. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hide caption

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The Senate blocks a provision to a military spending bill that would allow oil drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

Supporters of the provision could not shut off a Democratic filibuster against the must-pass bill, which includes funding for U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, hurricane relief aid and flu preparation.

Earlier, the tie-breaking vote of Vice President Dick Cheney was needed to pass a measure to trim federal spending by nearly $40 billion.



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