House Republicans’ focus on jobs continues this week with action on the Domestic Energy & Jobs Act – a package of seven bills rolled out by the House Energy Action Team that will address high energy costs hurting American families and crippling small businesses, and create thousands of badly-needed jobs. Here’s a look at what these bills will do to boost American energy and create jobs, courtesy of House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA):
- The Gasoline Regulations Act (H.R. 4471), introduced by Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), puts a stop to three burdensome new Obama administration energy regulations and, for the first time, requires cumulative analyses of the effect of other current and proposed government regulations that would potentially drive up gas prices.
- The Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 4381), introduced by Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), directs the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of the-above energy plan by reviewing America’s energy needs and establishing targets for all types of energy production on federal lands (oil, natural gas, coal and renewables) to meet those needs.
- The Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act (H.R. 4382), introduced by Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), would open up at least 25 percent of lands for leasing each year for which there is interest in development, set firm timelines for leasing, and create more certainty by prohibiting the Secretary of the Interior from “withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.”
- The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383), introduced by Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), removes roadblocks to American energy production, and streamlines and reforms the permitting process to facilitate increased energy development.
- The Strategic Energy Production Act (H.R. 4480), introduced by Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO), ensures that the Obama administration cannot once again tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve without taking steps to increase American energy production.
- The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (H.R. 2150), introduced by Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) will create jobs and help lower energy costs by ensuring that resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) “are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.”
- The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (H.R. 2752), introduced by Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), “gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.”
While House Republicans continue moving forward on energy bills that will put thousands of Americans back to work, the Obama administration is standing in the way of 20,000 new jobs by continuing to block the widely-popular Keystone XL pipeline. At the same time, Senate Democrats are refusing to take action on several bipartisan, House-passed bills that would roll back barriers to more American energy development and create even more American jobs. Energy production on federal lands is down seven percent and gas prices have nearly doubled on President Obama’s watch, yet he has refused to call on Senate Democrats to pass the nearly 30 jobs and energy bills sitting on their doorstep.
House Republicans will continue advancing legislation under the American Energy Initiative and the Plan for America’s Job Creators to unlock our resources to create jobs, boost the economy and help lower energy costs. Learn more and follow our progress by “liking” the American Energy Initiative on Facebook, and read more about the GOP’s plan for jobs at jobs.gop.gov.