House Republicans will include provisions in debt ceiling legislation that would ease oil and gas drilling restrictions and thwart energy-related regulations, according to a GOP aide familiar with the plan.
New details emerged Friday about the breadth of provisions that House Republicans will attach to legislation that raises the nation’s borrowing limit, which is slated for a vote in coming weeks.
“To end the days of borrowing and return to the days of creating, our economy must grow. Embracing House Republicans’ vision for responsible energy development and a balanced regulatory environment offers a tremendous opportunity to do so,” House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said in a statement about including the provisions.
According to the GOP aide, the measure will include portions of House-passed bills that would greatly expand offshore oil and gas leasing; ease onshore restrictions; require congressional approval of major regulations; and enable the Energy Department to veto energy-related Environmental Protection Agency rules.