As expected, the House on Wednesday passed Rep. Doug Lamborn's bill that would speed up onshore-drilling permits. The proposal passed, 228-192, but is unlikely to move in the Senate. President Obama has also threatened to veto the bill.
"This legislation puts our country on a path to energy independence by streamlining government regulations and reducing government red-tape that hinder onshore energy production," Lamborn, R-Colo., said in a release.
The bill would give the Interior Department 60 days to review onshore-drilling permits before they are considered automatically approved. It would also open more federal lands to energy projects and charge fees for drilling protests.
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