The House of Representatives passed H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act today. The bill, sponsored by House Energy and Commerce Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), would require any disruption of oil supplies leading to a draw down of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve be accompanied by increased oil leasing on federal lands.
CEI led a coalition letter signed by more than a dozen conservative and free market-oriented groups urging Representatives to vote yes on H.R. 21.
CEI senior fellow Ben Lieberman said:
“We commend House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris-Rodgers for her work on H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act, which passed the full House today. This bill is an important step towards prioritizing increased domestic oil production on federal lands and offshore areas.”