House members preparing to debate a sprawling transportation and energy bill could face politically volatile votes on drilling, rolling back EPA regulations, killing oil industry tax breaks and more.
The House Rules Committee will meet Tuesday evening to decide which amendments will receive votes when the bill reaches the floor later this week.
Lawmakers on both side of the aisle have filed dozens of amendments (available here). Among them: Rep. Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) wants to kill the provision that would open up Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to oil drilling.
His amendment states that it’s the “sense of Congress” that no ANWR drilling will be allowed until “all petroleum reserves” have been exhausted from U.S. waters offshore and the onshore National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska.