The Republican plan, brought to the floor by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellDems gain upper hand on budget Overnight Finance: Senate rejects funding bill as shutdown looms | Labor Dept. to probe Wells Fargo | Fed to ease stress test rules for small banks Overnight Energy: Judges scrutinize Obama climate rule MORE (R-Ky.), failed in a 42-57 roll call vote Wednesday afternoon.
The legislation would have required the Interior Department to hold lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Virginia coast and set a timeline for review of pending offshore drilling permit applications. The bill also would have extended Gulf drilling leases for one year, among other things.
Every Senate Democrat voted against the motion to proceed, along with five Republicans: Sens. Jim DeMint (S.C.), Mike LeeMike LeeFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Shutdown risk grows over Flint Conservative group presses GOP to vote against spending bill MORE (Utah), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and David VitterDavid VitterGOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase Louisiana needs Caroline Fayard as its new senator Louisiana Republicans: This isn’t like Sandy MORE (La.).