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Byline: Audrey Hudson
Aug. 2--The House last night gave the green light to drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the centerpiece of President Bush's energy plan.
A last-minute amendment to stop drilling in the Alaska wilderness area was defeated by a 223-206 vote, with a nearly equal number of Democrats and Republicans breaking ranks with their party leaderships. Voting for the anti-drilling amendment were 171 Democrats, 34 Republicans and one independent; voting against were 186 Republicans, 36 Democrats and one independent.
The large number of crossover votes came as labor union leaders lined up with Republicans and endorsed a plan they say will create 700,000 jobs nationwide. Environmentalists, who strongly oppose drilling, were able to pull liberal Republicans …