Rep. Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement today after introducing the BLM Live Internet Auctions Act. This legislation brings the federal government into the 21st Century by allowing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct online lease sales of onshore lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Currently, lease sales are conducted in person.
"The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act is an important step toward an efficient and effective government that works FOR the American people. Each year, millions of people purchase goods and services online through sites like Amazon.com or Ebay, and there is no reason why BLM lease sales on public lands shouldn't be conducted in the same way -- over the internet. This common sense legislation updates an outdated and inefficient lease sale process that requires bidders to appear in person to purchase land leases. By allowing lease sales to be conducted over the internet, competition will increase, and developers can begin developing America's vast energy resources on public lands in an efficient and timely manner that will create much-needed jobs right here in Eastern and Southeastern Ohio," said Bill Johnson.
Johnson added, "Right now in America, we have the domestic energy resources to create jobs, become energy independent, and lower energy prices. This common sense legislation takes us one step further to achieving these goals."