1. OFFSHORE DRILLING:
Wyden, Murkowski face 'unfinished business' of revenue sharing, spill response legislation
One month before the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in spring 2010, Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon and nine other Democrats sent a letter to colleagues arguing that revenues from offshore drilling should be "shared equally" among all Americans to be used for deficit reduction and protection of the nation's waters and coastlines. It wasn't a clear denunciation of offshore revenue sharing, which would hand a percentage of federal drilling revenue to those states off whose shores drilling took place, but it was pretty close.