The Senate's budget decision on drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge ["51-49 Senate Vote Backs Arctic Oil Drilling," front page, March 17] brought up memories of my days as a young Capitol Hill staff attorney with the House Budget Committee.
The refuge was the first issue I was lobbied on 23 years ago as a committee staff member. "It makes budget sense," the lobbyists argued. "We need revenues and receipts to close the deficit."
The organization they represented?
After the Exxon Valdez ran aground, they stopped coming by.