House Passes “Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act”

Yesterday, the House took concrete action to create jobs by passing H.R. 1229, which ends the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico.  This bill improves the safety of offshore drilling and sets a time-line for drilling permits to be considered.

The House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) stated after the bill was moved through the committee back in April:

“With the passage of this bill, Republicans are taking specific action to address rising gasoline prices. This is the first of three bills being considered to expand American energy production in order to create jobs and lower energy costs.”

It’s been 7 months since President Obama and his administration ended their moratorium on deepwater drilling, yet since then, only one permit had been granted.  The other 37 drilling permits that the administration likes to tout were for shallow-water drilling.

This bipartisan effort will help put Americans back to work and increase domestic oil production, which will lower the price of gasoline in the near future.  When Congress works together, real reform happens.

Click here for the final vote results.

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