GOP senators will roll out legislation Thursday that would require expanded onshore oil-and-gas leasing, allow drilling off Virginia’s coast, and approve the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, aides said.
“It’s American energy and jobs related to that energy,” said Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), who is among the co-sponsors of Sen. John Hoeven’s (R-N.D.) bill. “It’s American energy, which is part of our energy security and our national security.”
The bill is highly unlikely to clear the Democrat-controlled Senate, but will provide a platform for GOP messaging on energy as Republicans continue to hammer the White House on the topic.
Hoeven’s bill has also attracted co-sponsorship from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other members of the GOP leadership team, a Senate aide said.