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House Republicans pass two ‘energy week’ bills pushing back on Biden's climate policies

A bill to block a moratorium on fracking, as well as a bill to stop the Bureau of Land Management from increasing royalty rates charged to companies for drilling on public lands, passed the House.

Published: March 20, 2024 6:59pm

The House on Wednesday passed two bills that were part of a Republican legislation blitz to push back on the Biden administration’s climate agenda.

“Protecting American Energy Production Act,”  H.R. 1121, sponsored by Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C. passed 229 to 118. The bill would block a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, which is a drilling completion technology that breaks apart rocks deep in the earth to unleash pockets of oil and gas trapped in them.

The bill specifically limits executive power and states that "the President may not declare a moratorium on the use of hydraulic fracturing unless such moratorium is authorized by an Act of Congress."

The House also passed, H.R. 6009, “Restoring American Energy Dominance Act,” sponsored by Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo. The bill would stop the Bureau of Land Management from increasing royalty rates charged to companies drilling on public lands.

The bills must still pass the Senate and be signed by President Joe Biden before becoming law.

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