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“Drilling in ANWR isn’t a plan, it’s a talking point,” he said. “The bottom line is we have had a White House and a Republican minority that has taken zero proactive steps to reduce our dependence on foreign oil for seven years.”

Meanwhile Tuesday in the House, Republicans renewed calls for the chamber’s Democratic majority to bring to a vote an 11-month-old Republican bill that calls for opening new domestic oil refineries, increasing domestic drilling for oil and natural gas, and encouraging the use of nuclear power and other alternative energy sources.