Primer: Boebert’s Energy Discharge Petition
Ending President Biden’s War on Energy
Synopsis: A discharge petition (#3) led by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) was filed on April 21, 2021 to force a vote on H.R. 859, the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act. If the petition receives 218 signatures, the legislation can be brought to the floor of the House for a vote.
Shortly after taking office, President Biden issued a slew of new executive orders. Among them were Executive Order 13990 and Executive Order 14008. These orders imposed a moratorium on oil and gas leases within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), paused new oil and natural gas leases on all public lands, and revoked the permit for the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, immediately eliminating between 8,000 and 11,000 jobs.
Fast Facts: What Does H.R. 859 Do?
If successful, the discharge petition would bring the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act to the floor for a vote and strip control of the House floor schedule away from Speaker Pelosi. Long term, H.R. 859 puts an end to President Biden’s war on energy.
The legislation underscores the importance of reliable energy development for the future health of the U.S. economy and its vital role for America’s national security. As it stands, the federal government owns some 640 million acres of federal land and some 1.7 billion acres offshore and beyond America’s coasts. The untapped energy resources in those areas are critical for fueling America’s economy well into the future.
Additionally, the bill serves as a congressional rebuke to President Biden’s elimination of thousands of jobs with the stroke of a pen and more broadly, begins the long process to restore Article I congressional authority over an increasingly powerful executive branch.
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