U.S. Senate passes bill that offers a chance to open Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate passed a budget resolution Thursday that could provide Alaska's congressional delegation its best shot in four decades to open part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas drilling.

The Senate voted 51-49 to pass the budget resolution, along party lines. Republicans defeated a Democratic amendment to strip the ANWR-allowing provision from the budget resolution, by a vote of 52-48.

It's not a slam-dunk yet. But Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski has...

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