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WASHINGTON, DC - Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman released the following statement on the House passage of the American-Made Energy and Good Jobs Act:

"I applaud the House's passage of a bill that allows responsible, environmentally safe oil and natural gas drilling in the ANWR region of arctic Alaska.  Had President Clinton not vetoed the ANWR drilling bill in 1995, we would have at least an additional one million barrels a day of domestic oil production available to the citizens of this country today."

"We need to enhance our nation's energy mix by increasing domestic production - this bill helps us accomplish that.  I would encourage the Senate to quickly pass a similar bill so that we can strengthen our nation's energy security and reduce our reliance on foreign sources of oil."

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