Also this week, the House of Representatives began consideration of a multi-year reauthorization of our nation's surface transportation programs. On Thursday the House passed legislation that will help pay for our nation's highway programs, create jobs for American workers, and lower energy costs for families and small businesses. Specifically, H.R. 3408 would direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to issue a permit for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. To ensure the agency does not drag its feet on approving the project, the bill states that if the FERC does not itself issue the permit within 30 days of enactment, then the permit will be automatically issued. To strengthen our country's energy security, H.R. 3408 requires the Interior Department to conduct commercial lease sales for oil shale development and removes the ban on oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The bill also expands opportunities for oil and gas exploration off the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia. Congressman Miller strongly supported this legislation to improve our nation's infrastructure, help Americans get back to work, and enhance our nation's energy security.