Since Congress went on their Summer recess, congressional approval ratings and the Democratic margin for congressional of victory have been falling. Many have said this has a direct tie-in to Nancy Pelosi blocking the vote on offshore drilling right before the recess as gas prices were soaring. The Democrats in congress have now conceded by just doing nothing to extend the ban. Maybe they realize that they’ll never get releected without it?

Democrats have decided to allow a quarter-century ban on drilling for oil off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts to expire next week, conceding defeat in an months-long battle with the White House and Republicans set off by $4 a gallon gasoline prices this summer.

Appropriations Committee Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., told reporters Tuesday that a provision continuing the moratorium will be dropped this year from a stopgap spending bill to keep the government running after Congress recesses for the election.

Republicans have made lifting the ban a key campaign issue after gasoline prices spiked this summer and public opinion turned in favor of more drilling. President Bush lifted an executive ban on offshore drilling in July.

“If true, this capitulation by Democrats following months of Republican pressure is a big victory for Americans struggling with record gasoline prices,” said House GOP leader John Boehner of Ohio.

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