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Virginia Republicans Continue Fight For Offshore Drilling

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It's a new session of Congress, but the same old battles persist. In the last session, House Republicans passed bills to expand offshore oil and gas drilling, but they sat untouched in the Senate. With Congress still divided, Virginia Republicans are working to convince their Senate colleagues to take up a comprehensive energy bill, including wind. Rep. Rob Wittman says environmentalists' fears are misguided about coastal drilling.

"I think that we can safely develop that off the Virginia shore, learning from what's happened elsewhere to make sure we do that in an environmentally responsible way, but also do that in a way that helps the economy of Virginia and the long-term energy security of this nation."

The biggest roadblock for Virginia Republicans may be the president. His moratorium on drilling off Virginia's coast is still in place.

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