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Mavericks of the Drilling Debate

September 18, 2008 - by Donny Shaw

Expanding offshore oil drilling is the unresolved partisan issue that has basically shut down Congress. Earlier this week, the House finally held a vote on a Democrat-written energy bill that would allow oil drilling between 50 and 100 miles offshore if a State “opts-in,” and open up the entire outer continental shelf beyond 100 miles off shore to drilling.

In general, House Democrats supported the bill as a good compromise on the drilling issue while Republicans opposed it, arguing that it didn’t give states an incentive to “opt-in” for drilling between 50 and 100 miles off their coasts. But the vote wasn’t exactly along party lines. There were members from both parties crossed that the aisle.

Before this vote disappears too far into the past, here are all the Representatives that split off from their parties – is your Rep. on the lists?:

Republicans voting “aye”:

Rep. Vern Buchanan [R, FL-13]
Rep. Michael Castle [R, DE-0]
Rep. Wayne Gilchrest [R, MD-1]
Rep. Robin Hayes [R, NC-8]
Rep. Robin Hayes [R, NC-8]
Rep. Bob Inglis [R, SC-4]
Rep. Walter Jones [R, NC-3]
Rep. Mark Kirk [R, IL-10]
Rep. Joseph Knollenberg [R, MI-9]
Rep. Ray LaHood [R, IL-18]
Rep. Frank LoBiondo [R, NJ-2]
Rep. Jon Porter [R, NV-3]
Rep. James Ramstad [R, MN-3]
Rep. Dave Reichert [R, WA-8]
Rep. Christopher Shays [R, CT-4]
Rep. Christopher Smith [R, NJ-4]

Democrats voting “nay”:

Rep. John Barrow [D, GA-12]
Rep. Lois Capps [D, CA-23]
Rep. Donald Cazayoux [D, LA-6]
Rep. Sam Farr [D, CA-17]
Rep. Bob Filner [D, CA-51]
Rep. Rush Holt [D, NJ-12]
Rep. James Marshall [D, GA-8]
Rep. Frank Pallone [D, NJ-6]
Rep. Donald Payne [D, NJ-10]
Rep. Steven Rothman [D, NJ-9]
Rep. Gene Taylor [D, MS-4]
Rep. C. Michael Thompson [D, CA-1]
Rep. Lynn Woolsey [D, CA-6]

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