H.R. 1230 Allows for Offshore Drilling Leases

H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, passed by a vote of 266-149, with two Republicans (Jones (NC-3) and Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18)) voting against it, and 33 Democrats voting for it.

The bill provides for the auction of oil and gas well leases in the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico and the Outer Continental Shelf off Virginia within a year at the most.

The measure proceeds to the Senate where it is expected to be ratified, as it is contained in the President’s budget proposal.

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