House Passes Bill To Enact US-Mexico Drilling Deal

Law360, New York (June 27, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed controversial legislation that would enact an agreement between the U.S. and Mexico that expands offshore drilling and energy exploration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Backed mostly by Republicans, House members voted 256-171 to pass the bill, which gained the support of just 28 Democrats. The legislation backs utilization of oil and gas reservoirs along the gulf's maritime boundary between the U.S. and Mexico.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Secretary Patricia Espinosa signed the accord...
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