Knowing full well that it will make no difference in the long run and that it's only a giveaway to oil companies, Republican leaders in the House temporarily abandoned the drive to open ANWR to drilling. They figured out that it was threatening the passage of a bill to cut spending, which may be in danger without the controversial provision anyway.
At least it's a start, even though we all know that they'll figure out a way to sneak it into another bill somewhere down the line. Hopefully, it will be off the table until that scary bunch is ousted.
NP: "Monday Morning" - The Church