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Energy production on federal land has declined by seven percent under the Obama administration and gas prices have doubled. In a Weekly Republican Address, Congressman John Boehner challenged President Obama to urge Senate Democrats to act on House-passed energy bills. These bills – all part of the American Energy Initiative – would increase production, stop policies that drive up gas prices, and create jobs.

Here’s a quick look at the American Energy Initiative bills passed by the House so far:

  • Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910) – Passed the House on 4/7/11 by 255-172 – would prevent the Obama administration from imposing a job-crushing “cap and trade” national energy tax that will drive up gasoline prices and destroy American jobs.


  • Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230) – Passed the House on 5/5/11 by 266-149 – requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct offshore lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or canceled by the Obama Administration.


  • Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229) – Passed the House on 5/11/11 by 263-163 – would end the de facto moratorium on American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe and transparent manner by setting firm timelines for considering new drilling permits.



  • Jobs and Energy Permitting Act of 2011 (H.R. 2021) – Passed the House on 6/22/11 by 253-166 – would help end permitting delays by the Obama administration and unlock access to an estimated 27 billion barrels of oil and 132 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in Alaska.


  • North American-Made Energy Security Act (H.R. 1938) – Passed the House on 7/26/11 by 279-147 – would have required a decision by President Obama on the popular Keystone XL pipeline, which he eventually rejected and personally lobbied Democratic Senators to oppose.




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