U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop (UT-01), Chairman of the House Natural Resources Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Subcommittee, and U.S. Senator David Vitter (R-LA), the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today introduced the Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013.
This legislation would immediately help address the nation's energy, job, and financial crisis by unleashing domestic energy resources, creating thousands of well-paying jobs, and generating significant federal revenues from energy production.
"The U.S. is blessed with diverse and abundant natural energy resources that, if utilized more responsibly, could help our country prosper and grow. With the President's position that only new revenues will alter the course of sequestration, this bill provides an alternative to his proposal for new taxes on hard-working Americans. Here we present new opportunities to grow revenues in a way that will help address the critical issues of job creation and energy costs," said U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop.
"There's no disputing the fact that our nation's domestic energy production on federal lands has been stymied by this administration and is trending in the exact opposite direction of the rapid growth we're seeing on private and state lands. This legislation would help to reverse that trend by increasing access to our domestic resources, and would do so despite the threat from the White House to decrease oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal lands if sequestration goes through," said U.S. Sen. David Vitter.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, The Western Business Roundtable, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, and Americans for Prosperity have issued letters of support for this legislation.
The bill's current cosponsors include: John Barrasso(R-Wyo.), Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Daniel Coats (R-Ind.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Michael Enzi (R-Wyo.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.), Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), Patrick Toomey (R-Penn.), David Vitter (R-La.), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.)