Drilling for oil in Lake Michigan has made the political radar screen in the close North Shore race between Robert Dold and Brad Schneider.
According to an article in the Daily Herald by Russell Lissau, it was already illegal to drill for oil in the Great Lakes and the vote in question was a procedural vote on an amendment that would have been duplicative.
The 2005 Energy Policy Act banned such drilling.
The impact of procedure votes like this is described thusly:
“Politicians on both sides of the aisle and journalists have noted these motions can be gimmicks used to force lawmakers to take votes on politically sensitive topics. Those votes then can be attacked by opponents.”
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Way before then, back in the 1970’s, I sponsored a bill that would have banned drilling for oil in the Illinois part of Lake Michigan. It went nowhere.