The Republican plan, brought to the floor by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat McConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees Brent Budowsky: A plea to Alabama voters 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 LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSupreme Court takes on same-sex wedding cake case House approves motion to go to tax conference — with drama Trump really will shrink government, starting with national monuments MORE (Utah), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and David VitterDavid VitterThe Senate 'ethics' committee is a black hole where allegations die Questions loom over Franken ethics probe You're fired! Why it's time to ditch the Fed's community banker seat MORE (La.).