The Republican plan, brought to the floor by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellOvernight Healthcare: House loosens pesticide rules to fight Zika | A GOP bill that keeps some of ObamaCare | More proof of pending premium hikes Senate votes to block financial adviser rule Reid defends embattled VA secretary 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 LeeSenate set for showdown over women in the draft Overnight Finance: Path clears for Puerto Rico bill | GOP senator casts doubt on IRS impeachment | Senate approves .1B for Zika Overnight Tech: Trade groups press NC on bathroom law MORE (Utah), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Olympia Snowe (Maine) and David VitterDavid VitterSenate’s first female combat vet: VA secretary must resign VA chief 'deeply' regrets if Disney comment offended vets Reid defends embattled VA secretary MORE (La.).