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House Republicans Push Bills Boosting Oil Output as Jobs Effort

June 06, 2012

U.S. House Republicans seeking to boost domestic oil production are reviving their legislative efforts, saying a package of measures will help reduce unemployment.

Lawmakers will introduce legislation today that includes a measure linking use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve with increasing energy production on federal lands, and requires the U.S. Interior Department to set goals for oil and gas output on federal land, according to an e-mail.

The Republicans, who blame President Barack Obama’s administration for a rise in gasoline prices at the beginning of this year, were unable to advance similar bills as part of legislation on transportation issues. Advocates didn’t get enough supporters for a measure that would link increased output on federal land with additional funding for highway construction.

Representatives Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 3 House Republican, Doc Hastings of Washington, chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, and Fred Upton, head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, will discuss the measure -- called the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act -- at 3 p.m. today in Washington.

To contact the reporter on this story: Katarzyna Klimasinska in Washington at kklimasinska@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jon Morgan at jmorgan97@bloomberg.net


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