US House Postpones Vote on Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling

WASHINGTON, Dec 05, 2006 (Dow Jones Newswires)

U.S. House leaders, in a surprising last-minute decision, have decided against holding a vote Tuesday on a bill to open more than 8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and natural gas drilling.

"The OCS (offshore drilling) bill that was scheduled for consideration this afternoon has been pulled from the schedule for today," said a spokesman for House Majority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, in a notice to reporters.

The spokesman, Kevin Madden, said the House will consider the bill before the legislative session comes to a close this week.

"Details on the mechanics of how the measure will be considered have yet to be decided," he said. "Stay tuned."

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