By Benjamin J. Hulac
Roll Call, Mar. 20, 2023
Energy legislation Republicans are maneuvering through the House would rescind two programs at the EPA, including one with industry support, and push to expand already-burgeoning domestic fossil energy production for a global market the U.S. already dominates.
The chamber is slated to vote next week on the legislation, labeled HR 1 to reflect its importance to GOP leadership — a compilation of energy, permitting, environmental and construction measures. The House Rules Committee will consider the measure on Monday.
If it clears the House, the bill is likely to meet its demise in the Senate, where Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., said the bill is “dead on arrival,” though elements of it are likely to bubble up in permitting negotiations this Congress.
A recent survey of the Republican Study Committee, a bloc of hard-right House members, found increasing U.S. “energy independence” — a catchall term generally thought to mean producing more than one consumes — was a top priority.
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