House of Representatives to take up GOP power package next week –

The Lower Energy Costs Act, also known as HR 1, seeks to expedite the approval process for energy projects and also has specific provisions intended to boost oil, gas and mining.

the legislation is it is not expected to eventually become law, as it is unlikely to be taken up by the Democratic-controlled Senate or signed by President Biden.

has also faced some skepticism even among House Republicans, particularly from the Florida delegation, due to the absence of provisions aimed at restricting offshore power projects off the coast of the Sunshine State.

Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.) told reporters during a recent Republican retreat in Orlando that “there is already language in the bill” that addresses offshore drilling.

Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) told E&E News this week that he needed “more reassurance” that his amendment to ban drilling off the Florida coast would be accepted.

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) told The Hill on Thursday that while lawmakers made “a lot of progress” on the offshore drilling issue, he still has concerns about offshore wind.

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