Senate Tax Bill Allows Oil Drilling in Alaskan Wilderness

Tucked in the Senate tax bill’s hundreds of pages is a proposal to open up 1.5 million acres of Alaskan wilderness for oil drilling — and Senator Lisa Murkowski is very happy.

Murkowski, a Republican, lauded the measure hours after the Senate approved its version of the GOP tax plan early Saturday. The bill passed narrowly along party lines — by a 51-49 vote with only one Republican voting against it.

“Today’s historic vote is yet another milestone in bringing us that much closer to realizing a decades-long dream of opening the 1002 area of ANWR,” Murkowski said.

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