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Senate Votes to Halt Oil Reserve Shipments

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate, in a direct challenge to President Bush, voted Tuesday to temporarily halt the shipment of thousands of barrels of oil a day into the government’s emergency reserve. Both Democrats and Republicans said such shipments make no sense when oil is costing more than $120 a barrel and could better be used to add supplies to a tight market and possibly lower prices.
“We are buying the most expensive crude oil in the history of the world and storing it,” said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D. “When American consumers are burning at the stake by high energy prices, the government ought not be carrying the wood.”

Until both chambers of Congress pass the emergency reserve directive and Bush signs it—or Congress enacts it over a presidential veto—the legislation has no force of law. But the Senate’s message to the president Tuesday was a strong one. More from

This is a nice little election year ploy. The Democrat controlled House and Senate still refuse to open ANWR and increase domestic drilling. The final paragraph says it all:

Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois and Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, interrupting their presidential campaigns, voted to halt the oil reserve deliveries. Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, was not present for the vote.


May 14, 2008 - Posted by | economy, Politics, trucking | , , ,

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