Barrasso Introduces Legislation to Increase U.S. Energy Production

May 17, 2022

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (ENR), along with Senators Jim Risch (R-ID), John Hoeven (R-ND), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) introduced two bills to increase robust energy development and production in the United States.

The first bill, the Lease Now Act, would require the Department of the Interior (DOI) to resume and maintain onshore and offshore federal oil and gas lease sales. It would also direct DOI to finalize a five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan. 

The second bill, the Opportunities for the Nation and States to Harness Onshore Resources for Energy (ONSHORE) Act, would empower states to manage the development and production of oil and gas on federal lands within their borders. 

“The Biden administration’s relentless war on American energy must end. It has led to sky-high energy prices and has emboldened our enemies,” said Barrasso. “My legislation will boost production and development of American energy. The Lease Now Act will ensure the administration resumes and maintains consistent oil and gas lease sales on federal lands and waters. It will also direct DOI to finalize plans for future oil and gas lease sales. The ONSHORE Act empowers states with the authority to manage oil and gas permitting and regulatory responsibilities on federal land within their borders. It will help streamline permitting processes to meet our energy needs. My legislation will pave the way for America to regain energy dominance.” 

Read the text of the Lease Now Act here

Read the text of the ONSHORE Act here.