By a vote of 243 to 179, the final bill of a three bill initiative to create jobs, promote energy independence and lower energy prices was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday.
This is the statement issued by the House Natural Resources Committee on the success of passing the three bills that comprise the American Energy Initiative:
“The House Republican majority has responded to the American people’s call for lower gasoline prices, more jobs and reduced dependence on unstable foreign energy. Increased supply in American made energy, not higher taxes, will bring prices down. These three bills are the first steps in Republicans' efforts to foster low-cost, reliable American made energy that will help families across the country who are struggling to keep up with rising costs,” said Chairman Hastings. “All three bills earned bipartisan support and it’s now the Senate’s turn to take action and send them to President Obama as soon as possible. However, our work is just beginning. The Natural Resources Committee will act on an array of all-of-the-above energy bills that will focus on expanding all types of American energy.”
Additional American Energy Initiative bills from the Natural Resources Committee will focus on wind, solar, hydropower, critical minerals, coal, and onshore oil and natural gas development in the coming months.
The work in the House received strong bi-partisan support. Now it is time for the Senate to do the same. Energy production and independence is not a partisan issue. It is an American issue.
By passing H.R. 1229, H.R. 1330 and H.R. 1231, Chairman Hastings and the House Natural Resources Committee have provided a path to success.