WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop (GA-02) supported two measures that will increase domestic energy production, create jobs, and reduce the high cost of energy for consumers: H.R. 2728, the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act; and H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act. Congressman Bishop voted in favor of both bills.
“I have always held a long-standing commitment to lessening our dependence on foreign energy imports and decreasing energy costs, often working across the aisle to place dollars back in the pockets of hardworking Americans across our great nation,” said Congressman Bishop. “The passage of H.R. 2728 and H.R. 1900 are positive steps toward ensuring that the U.S. stays on the forefront of energy production and that new well-paying jobs continue to be available for industrious Americans.”
H.R. 2728, Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act: Rejects a one-size-fits-all federal regulation process by allowing states with carefully devised state-specific rules for energy production take into account the state’s unique geography and energy production considerations when enforcing regulations on hydraulic fracturing of land for energy exploration, circumventing a costly and burdensome implementation of an unnecessary set of new regulations. H.R. 2728 passed 235 to 187.
H.R. 1900, Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act: Sets deadlines for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve or deny a pipeline construction certificate within 12 months of receiving a complete application for a natural gas pipeline. If a decision has not been issued within the required time frame, approval will be automatically granted. This measure will codify existing regulations and bring certainty to businesses planning pipeline projects. H.R. 1900 passed 252 to 165.