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Monday, December 19, 2005

Reichert flip flops on drilling in Arctic Refuge

In the early hours of this morning, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $453 billion defense spending bill, which passed on a 308-106 roll call. The bill also included a provision to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling (thank Ted Stevens in the Senate for that).

Every Republican from the Pacific Northwest voted for the bill - including Dave Reichert.

So apparently protecting the Refuge isn't that important to the sheriff. Because he simply couldn't say no to the defense spending bill.

Reichert is not a man of principles. When push comes to shove, when the pressure is at maximum, Reichert buckles under and votes with Republican leaders. He isn't a maverick. He isn't independent. He is a Delay loyalist. Anyone who thinks otherwise ought to go look at his voting record.

I hope this is the end of newspaper ads from environmental organizations praising Reichert for his stance against oil drilling. All those prior votes don't mean anything now. The Republicans will stop at nothing in order to allow oil companies to drill in the Refuge. Sellouts like Pombo rub their hands together in gleeful anticipation of the exploitation of our wildernesses.

The only sure protection we have against this looting of our national treasures is to elect a Democratic congress in 2006. A congress filled with people who have respect for the environment.

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