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By Sue Kirchhoff and James R. Healey WASHINGTON -- Democratic lawmakers on Thursday were working out details of a $25 billion measure to aid the foundering U.S. auto industry, as top Republicans warned they weren't yet willing to back the plan.
Democratic leaders in the U.S. Senate said any action on an energy bill must wait until after the August recess since the two parties have been unable to agree.
Senate Republicans are considering whether to block a resolution that would keep in place the ban on oil drilling off the U.S. coasts, a GOP senator said.
U.S. President George Bush Monday rescinded an executive order banning new offshore oil drilling, saying Congress also should act to allow it.
The White House said Monday President Bush is prepared to lift an executive ban on off-shore drilling. President Bush will announce the move 1:30 p.m. in the Rose Garden, but the gesture is seen as symbolic, since federal and state laws prevent offshore drilling, CNN reported.
The rising price of oil is pushing public sentiment and the U.S. Congress toward renewed debate on offshore oil and gas exploration Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has introduced a bill to open territorial waters 50 miles offshore to exploration, The Washington Post reported.
In a weekly national radio address, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Republicans were putting seniors and military families at risk by opposing a measure that would prevent a 10.6 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors.
By The Associated Press Durbin fires back on GOP WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Dick Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat, accused Republicans of putting seniors and military families at risk by siding with President Bush against a measure to prevent Medicare cuts.
WASHINGTON _ President Bush's efforts to broaden a widely respected, bipartisan program to fight the spread of AIDS in Africa have faced roadblocks by seven Republican senators.
- Withering but not falling off, as a blossom that persists on a twig after flowering.