1. OFFSHORE DRILLING
House poised to vote to vastly expand leasing, rebuke Obama plan
The House this week is expected to vote on GOP legislation to expand drilling access to much of the nation's waters, rebuffing an Obama administration leasing plan that Republicans blame for crippling jobs. The vote on H.R. 6082, by House Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.), marks the latest House attempt to wrest leasing decisions traditionally made by the Interior Department. It is part of an ongoing election-year battle over Obama's record of supporting energy production and jobs while protecting the environment.