Kinzinger votes for energy package that would open federal lands for oil, natural gas exploration

November 21, 2013

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., this week voted in support of a set of bills that, according to his office, would expand U.S. energy exploration, lower energy costs on businesses and families, and help revitalize the manufacturing base.

The legislation represents an all-of-the-above approach by taking advantage of all of America’s energy resources — something Kinzinger has pushed for since first being elected to Congress — to create jobs and enhance American energy security.

Families and businesses that I talk to are demanding an energy strategy that lowers costs at the pump and leads to new jobs for the middle class, and that’s exactly what this legislation does,” said Kinzinger. “These common-sense jobs bills will provide our economy a much-needed boost, and I hope the Senate and the president will act on them to create the good-paying jobs that Americans deserve.”

Wednesday, Nov. 20, the House passed the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act (H.R. 1965), a bill that reduces administrative red tape and opens up more American lands for energy exploration. Reports released by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service show that while oil and natural gas production on private and state lands have increased, production on federal lands have dropped by 14 percent since 2009.

The House also passed the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728) to prevent the Barack Obama administration from imposing duplicative and costly regulations on hydraulic fracturing in states that already have fracturing regulations in place. New drilling and hydraulic fracturing technology have led to a natural gas boom in the United States, creating jobs and lowering energy costs across the country. However, new regulations proposed by the administration in May would add an additional level of red tape on producers and are estimated to cost $345 million annually.

Lastly, Thursday, Nov. 21, the House approved the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900), a bill that ensures review processes for new interstate natural gas pipelines are completed in a timely manner by limiting the review to 12 months.

As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Kinzinger has been a strong advocate for a national energy approach that incorporates all forms of energy production, including renewables and non-renewables. He has held energy roundtables and visited energy-producing facilities across the energy-rich 16th District to highlight the success of this approach and to take this model back to Washington.

Posted Nov. 21, 2013

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