Early this morning the U.S. Senate voted down an amendment to strike from the Republican tax bill a provision that would allow oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In response, The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from its president, Jamie Williams:
Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s bill to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic Refuge has advanced out of committee and is poised to be attached to the Republican tax package. It will then go before the full Senate for a filibuster-proof vote requiring only a simple 51-vote majority to pass.
Today a national coalition of sportsmen, recreation, business and conservation groups calls on the Department of the Interior and Secretary Ryan Zinke to make good on its promise to the American public that it is against the widespread sale or transfer of 445 million acres of public lands under