ON TAP TUESDAY: The House will debate GOP legislation aimed at expanding the amount of federal lands offered for oil-and-gas development and speeding up drilling permits.
The bill would set new permit deadlines and set a floor on how much federal land the Interior Department must offer for drilling, among other measures.
It’s highly unlikely to advance in the Senate. But, if nothing else, it provides Republicans a way to try and frame the nation’s oil-and-gas production boom on their terms.
The White House has been taking every opportunity to point out milestones in U.S. oil production, like last week’s news that the nation pumped more oil than it imported in October for the first time in nearly two decades.