By Andrew Restuccia - 05/17/11 12:39 PM EDT
The bill, introduced by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellCDC director on Zika: 'Basically, we're out of money' Juan Williams: Trump's race politics will destroy GOP Rank-and-file Republicans fear lame-duck vote on pricey funding bill MORE (R-Ky.), would require the Interior Department to hold lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and off the Virginia coast; would set a timeline for review of pending offshore permit applications; and would extend leases in the Gulf for one year, among other things.
Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidMurphy wins Fla. Senate primary, setting up showdown with Rubio Top Dems push FBI to investigate Trump campaign role in DNC hack No, Tim Kaine is not the most liberal member of Congress MORE (D-Nev.) originally scheduled a test vote on the bill to repeal oil tax breaks for Wednesday.
But Reid filed cloture on the bill Monday night. The Hill’s Floor Action Blog notes that the bill will likely come up for a vote Tuesday around 6:15 p.m. based on Senate rules.
Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeff MerkleySanders, Merkley back McConnell decision to skip TPP vote GOP senator: Anti-fossil fuel candidates ‘not fit’ for federal office Dem anxiety hangs over Clinton MORE (D-Ore.) said Monday night on the floor that Reid was forced to file cloture on the bill because Republicans had threatened to conduct a “silent filibuster” if he attempted to bring the legislation to the floor.
Expect Republicans to blast the tax breaks bill on the floor Tuesday for not lowering gas prices. Democrats will counter that the bill is not meant to provide relief at the pump, but to reduce the deficit.
The nonpartisan Congressional Research Service says the bill will have no impact on gas prices.
Ben Geman and Josiah Ryan contributed to this story.