House Bill Lifts Gulf of Mexico Drilling Moratorium

H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, effectively lifts the moratorium on oil production in the Gulf of Mexico by allowing oil companies to submit lease and drilling applications to the Department of the Interior and mandating expeditious certification of permits by the Department in previously submitted applications.

The bill passed by a vote of 263-163, with all Republicans joined by Democrats in support of the measure.

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