Home > newsroom > Page
House to Vote on American Energy Bills to Ease Pain at Pump, Create Jobs, Reduce Foreign Dependence


WASHINGTON, D.C., April 29, 2011 - As Americans continue to experience pain at the pump from skyrocketing gasoline prices, House Republicans are preparing to vote next week on two bills to expand offshore energy production. As part of House Republicans’ American Energy Initiative, H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, and H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, will create American jobs, lower gasoline prices and reduce our dependency on unstable foreign energy.

"American families and small businesses across the country are feeling the pain of high gas prices and they expect their government to act to help ease that pain,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04). “Thousands in the Gulf are still unemployed and we are importing 130,000 barrels of oil more each day because of the lost production caused by the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium on offshore drilling. An overwhelming majority of Americans support increased offshore energy production. Instead of increasing taxes on American energy like President Obama has suggested, these bills are common sense approaches to ensuring America develops our own energy resources and are less dependent on unstable foreign countries."

H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, passed the Committee with bipartisan support. It would require the Administration to move forward promptly to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that the Obama Administration has delayed or canceled.

H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, passed the Committee with bipartisan support. It 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.

###

Printable PDF of this document


Contact: Jill Strait, Spencer Pederson or Crystal Feldman 202-226-9019

Latest News

Bishop Statement on Nomination of Tara Sweeney to Be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs

Yesterday, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Tara Sweeney to be Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs within the Department of the Interior. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) released t...... Read more

Chairmen Send Letters to FBI and FEMA Regarding Allegations of the Misappropriation of Hurricane Aid in Puerto Rico

Today, Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) sent a letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William B. “Brock” Long and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray ...... Read more

Onshore Energy Bill Draws Praise as Subcommitte Continues Broad Overhaul of Federal Lands Energy Policy

Today, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources heard testimony on a discussion draft of the “Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources Act” or “ONSHORE Act.” The bi...... Read more

View All News

Calendar

Oversight Hearing on Empowering States in Sage Grouse Management
Full Committee | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington D.C. 20515
Legislative Hearing on Indian Lands Bill
Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs | 1324 Longworth House Office Building Washington DC 20515
View All Events