Northwest Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz was happy that the House of Representatives approved his change to House Bill 21 on Thursday. This change will keep drilling from happening along Florida’s coasts.
Congressman Gaetz’s amendment makes sure that no changes will be made to former President Trump’s “Memorandum on the Withdrawal of Certain Areas of the United States Outer Continental Shelf from Leasing Disposition,” which keeps a 10-year ban on oil and gas leasing off the coasts of Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.
The ban also protects the ability of the U.S. military to use the Gulf Test Range for operations that are important for military readiness. The House is likely to pass House Bill 21 Thursday evening.
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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers wrote the bill, which aims to stop the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from being drained of oil until the Department of Energy comes up with a plan to lease more federal land for oil and gas production.
“Following the Biden Administration’s intentional disruption of our nation’s energy supply, unleashing American energy must be a top legislative priority for the 118th Congress. The Strategic Production Response Act today will force the Biden Administration to stop depleting our country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve until they develop a real plan to expand America’s access to natural resources. I applaud the adoption of my amendment to the Strategic Production Response Act today, which maintains a 10-year prohibition on drilling off the coast of Florida, including the Gulf Test Range. Republicans have worked diligently to unleash American energy, while at the same time protecting Florida’s precious coastline, and I am proud of the work we accomplished,” Congressman Gaetz said.
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