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Protecting States' Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Ms. JACKSON LEE. Reclaiming my time, I thank the chairman for working with me on this matter. I appreciate his willingness to work with me.

I want to achieve what the ultimate intent was, and that is, to have this amendment pertain to Federal lands. My response is that I do not object to a modification of the amendment to make clear that the review and report required of the Secretary should be limited to State permitting of hydraulic fracturing on Federal lands, which will, in fact, provide this Congress with
the necessary information on these processes.

I yield to the chairman.


Ms. JACKSON LEE. I thank the chairman.

Mr. Chair, I just wanted to indicate that we have the opportunity to do a number of things: create jobs, energy independence, preserve and create a strong economy, and protect our environment.

I am interested in seeing the opportunity for low-income families to be able to be helped in the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer, to be able to find relief from the energy costs that we have talked about so often, and I would hope that as we move forward with the legislation that we will be able to work together.

I believe that the 2.1 million jobs that will be created, the increase of consumers' household dollars, and the amount of money that will be going into the government Treasury really should bring us together. My amendment, as clarified by the chairman in our discussion in the colloquy, is to give Congress that oversight pertaining to those Federal lands.

I thank the chairman for his clarification. I am looking forward to working with him and maintaining the language in the bill, however, with the understanding that we will get that review for Federal lands and that that will come from the Secretary of the Interior to the United States Congress.

With that, Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.

The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. Jackson Lee).

The amendment was agreed to.


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