WASHINGTON, DC - In an effort to reduce energy costs, create jobs and lessen U.S. dependence on foreign oil, Representative Kristi Noem (R-S.D.) today announced she has cosponsored three bills that will expand offshore energy production. Noem said that the bills are part of the American Energy Initiative, a Republican-led effort to end Washington policies that have hindered energy production and job creation in the U.S.


“South Dakotans are tired of paying high prices at the pump when the solution right in front of us.   We must expand American energy production and stop the harmful government policies that are driving up gas prices. I am proud to cosponsor these proposals because I believe they will be a great starting point for furthering job growth and enhancing our energy independence,” said Noem.


The bills were introduced by Rep. Doc Hastings (R-WA), chairman of the House Resources Committee.  Noem noted that as a member of the Resources Committee, she will be in a strong position to advocate for the bills’ passage.


“As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, I look forward to working with Chairman Hastings to pass this legislation through our committee and present them before the full House very soon,” said Noem.


Rep. Noem is cosponsoring the following bills:


  • The Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act would end the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe, responsible, transparent manner by setting firm time-lines for considering permits to drill, which provide certainty and allow employers and workers to get back on the job.


  • The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would require the Obama Administration to move forward promptly to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that the Obama Administration has delayed or canceled.  Due to the Obama Administration’s actions, in 2011 there will be no offshore lease sales – the first time since 1958.


  • The Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act would lift the President’s ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward in the 2012-2017 lease plan with energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources.


(Source: House Natural Resources Committee)




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