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Offshore Drilling Ban to Expire on Oct. 1

9:16 AM, Sep 24, 2008 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Politico's Ryan Grim reports:

After months of demanding that Democrats lift the ban on offshore drilling, Republicans have gotten their wish.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Obey (D-Wis.) told reporters Tuesday evening that Democrats were removing the ban from the continuing budget resolution because of a White House veto threat.

But they've vowed to fight another day.

"Chairman Obey negotiated the best package he could get with the White House to take a budget standoff off the table so we can address the larger Bush financial crisis," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's spokesman, Drew Hammill "The White House made it clear any new drilling provision was a non-starter. The future resolution of offshore drilling will have to be addressed with a new President."