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Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (H.R.1229)
April 13, 2011 Full Committee Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2011 -

Reporting H.R. 1229 Out of Committee (Passed 27-16. View Roll Call Vote)
This bill would end the Administration’s de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe, responsible, transparent manner by setting firm time-lines for considering permits to drill. It reforms current law by requiring the Secretary to issue a permit to drill and also requiring the Secretary to conduct a safety review.

Holt Amendment #003 – Strike 60 Day Timeline for Action on Permit Applications (Failed 15-25. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would strike the provision of the bill that requires a permit application be deemed approved at the end of the 60 day timeline if the Secretary has not made a decision on the application.

Flores Amendment #016 – Extend the Terms of Leases Expiring in 2011 by One Year. (Agreed to by Voice Vote.)
This amendment would extend the terms of leases expiring in 2011 by one year. This extension is in addition to any suspension of operations or production granted by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management after May 1, 2010.

Garamendi Amendment #004 – Require Third Party Consultation (Failed 15-27. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would require the Secretary to consult with an independent safety organization, other than the American Petroleum Institute, when conducting the safety review required by this legislation.

Markey Amendment #002 – Add Additional Requirements to Permit Application Process (Failed 16-27. View Roll Call Vote)
This amendment would establish proscriptive and detailed safety requirements in the law as part of the permit application.

* For complete legislative action for the April 13, 2011 Full Committee Markup, click here.

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