North Carolina's congressional delegation on Friday largely split along partisan lines on bill that would open up the North Carolina coast to offshore drilling.
The House passed The Offshore Energy and Jobs Act by a 235-186 and will now go the Senate. All the state's Republicans as well as Democrat Mike McIntyre voted for the bill. All four Democrats voted against it.
The measure was supported by Republican Governors Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Bob McDonnell of Virginia and Nikki Haley of South Carolina.
Democratic Rep. David Price of Chapel Hill blasted the measure calling part of the "drill, baby drill mentality.''
"In my home state of North Carolina," Price said, "offshore drilling is highly controversial because of its potential adverse impacts on the environment and coastal communities, as well as the tourist economies on which they depend. In California, voters put in place a permanent ban on drilling in state coastal waters in 1994 because of the same concerns. In light of disasters such as the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf, North Carolinians are justifiably perry of allowing the same drilling off our coast.''