Republican leaders who had hoped to end debate and force votes on the two amendments could not assemble a majority. And without 60 votes, they would not have been able to stop a threatened Democratic filibuster.
The vote to stop debate on the amendment by Senator Frank Murkowski (R-AK) to allow oil exploration in the region failed by 46 to 54. The attempt to conclude debate on the amendment by Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) to use 50% of the revenue generated from oil leases and royalties to aid U.S. steel companies — designed to attract support from the steel states — lost by a vote of 36 to 64.
Publication date: 04/15/2002