of drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge were
dealt a blow April 16 as a last ditch effort failed to gain
enough votes for passage. Hoping to sway Sen. Jay Rockefeller
(D-WV) and other senators with steelworker constituents, Sen.
Ted Stevens (R-AK) offered to use oil lease royalties to pay
for health care benefits for retired steelworkers.
deal failed. Drilling for oil in ANWR is already in the House-passed
energy reform bill and will be on he table for discussion during
House-Senate negotiations even if it fails in the Senate.