Murkowski wears 'Hulk' earrings to honor Ted Stevens amid tax vote

Murkowski wears 'Hulk' earrings to honor Ted Stevens amid tax vote
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Alaska Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiThe Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) Senate gets to work in August — but many don’t show up Trump nominee won't say if he supports funding agency he was selected to run MORE (R) honored late Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) on Tuesday as the House and Senate vote on historic tax-reform legislation that includes a provision that would open up Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve (ANWR) to oil drilling.

Murkowski wore earrings depicting "The Incredible Hulk," a hero from the Marvel franchise, to the Senate in honor of Stevens, who died in a plane crash in 2010. Stevens, who left the Senate in 2009 and was known for wearing a tie depicting the Hulk on the Senate floor, was a longtime supporter of drilling in ANWR.

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The earrings were pointed out on Twitter by Ashley Killough of CNN, who noted that Murkowski has "never worn them until today."

The final version of the tax bill, which the Senate will vote on Tuesday night, includes a provision allowing two sales of drilling rights in the coastal plain of the wildlife refuge.

Murkowski's drilling provisions in the bill are estimated to bring in $2.2 billion in fees during the first 10 years entirely from bids, as oil production is unlikely to begin in that time frame.

The House, which passed a version of the tax bill Tuesday, is expected to re-vote Wednesday on a final version after some provisions in the bill were deemed to not meet the Senate's Byrd rule. Republicans hope to have the bill on President TrumpDonald John TrumpArizona GOP Senate candidate defends bus tour with far-right activist Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in 'Handmaid's Tale' costume Bomb in deadly Yemen school bus attack was manufactured by US firm: report MORE's desk by the end of the year.