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The "More Energy More Jobs Act" Will Unlock America's Offshore Energy Potential

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Washington, D.C., June 6, 2013 | comments
With this struggling economy and our nation in the midst of an energy revolution, now is the time to act to create more American-made energy and more American jobs, said Brady.
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Brady introduces bill to give states more power to identify offshore areas for oil and gas development

Washington, DC – Yesterday, U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced the More Energy More Jobs Act which will - for the first time – give state governors the authority to nominate areas off their coasts for oil and gas development.  Virginia Congressman Rob Wittman and Illinois Congressman John Shimkus joined Brady in spearheading the bill. 

“America may never reach true energy security as long as 85% of our offshore areas remain off-limits to oil and gas development,” said Brady, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and chairman of the Joint Economic Committee.  “This innovative approach allows willing states to nominate potential offshore areas for the federal draft 5-year lease plan. And it directs the Interior Department to conduct the economic and environmental studies that are the important first steps for inclusion in the lease plan. As a result, Washington will no longer be able to disqualify these important areas for purely political reasons.”  

After the studies are concluded and the public has an opportunity to comment on them, the Interior Department retains a limited discretion to eliminate the areas if they can’t be developed safely or development is not in America’s economic interest.  

“With this struggling economy and our nation in the midst of an energy revolution, now is the time to act to create more American-made energy and more American jobs,” said Brady.

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