Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-7) today released the following statement after voting in support of H.R. 1965, The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act. This bill will lower energy costs by reforming the leasing process for onshore oil and natural gas projects on federal lands. It will eliminate unnecessary delays, reform the process for energy permitting, ensure funds are available for efficient wind and solar permitting, and set clear rules for the development of U.S. oil shale resources.
"As hard working families across America struggle with higher energy costs, the last thing the federal government should be doing is creating more red-tape and regulations that make heating the home or fueling up the car even more expensive. A responsible energy policy is a critical part of getting our economy back on track and helping middle class families keep more of their hard earned paychecks. The House will continue to focus on maximizing domestic energy production to reduce costs and create jobs. I thank Chairman Doug Lamborn, Chairman Doc Hastings, Chairman Don Young, Rep. Scott Tipton, and Rep. Bill Johnson for their hard work on this legislation as we continue our efforts to reduce energy costs for American families."