Friday the U.S. House voted with bipartisan support in favor of HR 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act. The bill expands U.S. offshore energy production creating thousands of jobs, lowering energy prices around the country and strengthening U.S. national security. Under the current offshore plan, which includes the Obama moratorium on offshore energy development, 85% of U.S. offshore areas are closed to energy production. The House-passed bill requires the Obama administration to implement a new five-year offshore energy lease plan that incorporates areas with the known largest oil and natural gas reserves, including off the shore of Virginia and South Carolina. These two states have been clamoring to advance their offshore energy potential, only to be denied by the Obama moratorium.
"Our country should be responsibly utilizing all avenues to produce domestic energy," U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis said. "In stark contrast to the President, whose energy plan consists of increasing the cost of electricity for Americans and little else, House Republican's affirmed today that our energy plan is pro-family and pro-job. Today members on both sides of the aisle agreed to do something very meaningful about our energy future because it is the right thing to do to ensure families all across America can enjoy the security they deserve through access to abundant, affordable, American energy."