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U.S. House panel passes reconciliation bill protecting Arctic reserve from drilling

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By Timothy Gardner WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House Natural Resources Committee late on Thursday passed legislation that will go into a wider budget reconciliation package that includes restoring protections for a pristine Arctic wildlife refuge from oil and gas drilling. The committee approved the measure 24-13 after Republicans weighed down the process with about 100 amendments forcing Representative Raul Grijalva, a Democrat and the chairman of the panel, to extend markup of the bill into a second day after holding the first session last week. Republicans urged Grijalva to postpone the pane…

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