Virginia's Democrat Senators Both Buck Obama
Virginia's two Democratic U.S. senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, are co-sponsoring the legislation, which would alter Obama's five-year blueprint by allowing oil drilling along the Atlantic coast. The president ruled out drilling in the Atlantic after the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Republican-controlled House approved a bill similar to Webb's and Warner's this week. Unlike the Webb-Warner bill, however, the House version did not allow for the sharing of lease and royalty revenues with the states hosting the drilling.