Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement regarding the passage of H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act, legislation that he co-authored along with Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) and Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04):
"I am thrilled that this important piece of legislation dealing with energy and jobs has passed the House and I call upon my colleagues in the Senate to take up and pass this legislation immediately so we can be one step closer to securing America's energy independence. Not only does this bill increase energy production and jobs for Americans, but it decreases our reliance on oil from the Middle East. This bill is a win for the United States, Mexico, and the entire Western Hemisphere."
Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Chairman Matt Salmon (AZ-05), House Committee on Natural Resources Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04) and Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03) introduced H.R. 1613 earlier this year.
The legislation approves and implements the Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement (TBHA) originally signed with Mexico in February 2012 by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa Castellano at the G-20 summit in Los Cabos. Furthermore, it directs the development of oil and gas reservoirs that cross the international maritime boundary between these two countries in the Gulf of Mexico.
Salmon penned an op-ed in Investor's Business Daily detailing the need for action on a variety of energy initiatives in the Western Hemisphere, including the Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement (TBHA).
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Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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