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Lamborn energy & jobs bill passes House

A simple permit, which in Colorado takes 27 days to approve, takes nearly a year on federal land.

Congressman Doug Lamborn (CO-05) released the following statement following the House passage of his bill, H.R. 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act of 2013. The Lamborn bill would protect and expand onshore American energy production and create new American jobs by streamlining government red-tape and regulation.

This legislation puts our country on a path to energy independence by streamlining government regulations and reducing government red-tape that hinder onshore energy production.  It will create new American jobs, promote economic development, and increase revenues to the state and federal governments. If we want more jobs, we need affordable energy.

President Obama has waged a war on American energy for five years now. Under his Administration, a simple permit, which in Colorado takes 27 days to approve, takes nearly a year on federal land. It is increasingly clear that this administrations energy plan is little more than empty promises. Americans are already suffering under Obamas tax increases, a struggling economy, and a disastrous healthcare plan. The least we can do is allow Americans to keep more money in their pockets by reducing their energy costs.

My legislation would inject much needed certainty into nearly every step of the onshore energy production process. It will ensure permits are approved in a timely fashion, would prohibit the Administration from changing lease terms or revoking leases after they have been legally won, wound ensure onshore leasing moves steadily forward, and will allow the Secretary to plan for this nations future energy needs. Doug Lamborn (CO-05)

The House of Representatives voted 228 to 192 to pass H.R. 1965.

Full details of the bill are available here,

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