House GOP members to file discharge petitions for energy bills

US House Republicans will increase pressure on Democrats to consider GOP energy bills with weekly discharge petitions starting next week, Minority Whip Roy Blunt announced on June 5.

Nick Snow
Washington Editor

WASHINGTON, DC, June 9 -- US House Republicans will increase pressure on Democrats to consider GOP energy bills with weekly discharge petitions starting next week, Minority Whip Roy Blunt announced on June 5.

Starting next week and continuing through the summer driving season, Blunt said that House Republicans will file a discharge petition on each of their outstanding bills. Such action can be taken when a bill has been pending, but not acted upon, for 30 legislative days, he explained. Once 218 members sign the petition, the bill can be brought directly to the House floor for a vote.

The measures include proposals to authorize federal leasing on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge's coastal plain and additional parts of the Outer Continental Shelf, repeal a ban on federal acquisition of fuels from oil shale and tar sands, and streamline the application process for constructing additional US refineries.

Soon after she became speaker, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said that Democrats had a common sense plan to bring gasoline prices down, according to Blunt. "Over a year and a half later, the question is: 'Where's the plan?' With the price of gas one penny short of $4/gal, an increase of $1.66 since the speaker took the gavel, I doubt this is what the American people had in mind," he said.

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