Republicans focus on energy bills during a dedicated congressional week

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Kelsey Brugger and Miranda Willson report for E&E News.


In short:

  • House Republicans plan to introduce six energy-related bills aiming to protect fossil fuel production and challenge President Biden's environmental policies.
  • Proposed legislation includes repealing the greenhouse gas reduction fund, facilitating energy project construction, and limiting legal actions by environmental groups.
  • The agenda sets forth measures to reinforce U.S. energy dominance and counter potential carbon emissions taxation.

Key quote:

“We’re bringing bills on the House floor next week that will promote American energy to lower costs for families who recognize this.”

— Steve Scalise, House Majority leader

Why this matters:

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