House Republicans are trying to move forward with a bill that would allow private activity bonds to be used to finance domestic oil refineries in an effort to help combat rising fuel costs, but they may find little support from Democrats, most of whom oppose any new drilling for oil on U.S. soil.

The "No More Excuses Energy Act of 2007," which was introduced last July by Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Tex., has been pending before three committees. But Rep. Tim Walberg, R-Mich., on Tuesday filed a "discharge petition" that would allow the bill to bypass the committees and move directly to the full House. The petition would require 218 signatures, but since Tuesday, Walberg had gathered only 139 signatures.

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