WASHINGTON -- With high gas prices becoming a hot political issue, the House on Thursday passed legislation that would expand offshore energy exploration, even though Congress has yet to pass new drilling safeguards a year after the massive Gulf of Mexico spill.
The Republican-sponsored measure would open the Virginia coast to drilling and expand production in the Gulf of Mexico, but it faces opposition from the White House and long odds against passage in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
Its approval came as gas-pump politics has broken out in the Capitol.
A gusher of bills has been introduced: The Big Oil Welfare Repeal Act would scale back industry tax breaks. The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels, or NOPEC, Act would permit legal action against the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries for conspiring to restrict supplies or drive up prices
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