House GOP blocks Dem amendments to water permitting bill

By Andres Picon | 03/20/2024 06:36 AM EDT

The legislation is one of several energy and environment bills teed up for floor action this week.

Rules Committee hearing.

(From left) Reps. Pete Stauber (R-Minn.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.) and Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) testify before the House Rules Committee on Tuesday on energy legislation. Francis Chuing/POLITICO

Republicans on the House Rules Committee blocked several Democratic amendments to legislation that would ease permitting for projects affecting federal waters.

The panel met Tuesday afternoon to consider debate parameters to four Republican bills and two nonbinding resolutions as part of “energy week,” the House Republicans’ organized attack on the Biden administration’s energy and environment policies.

The broadest of the bills up for a vote this week, the “Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act,” H.R. 7023, was the only one for which Rules made amendments in order for debate Tuesday. Of the eight amendments advanced, only one was bipartisan.


The other bills include proposals to block royalty rate increases for oil companies drilling on public lands: H.R. 6009, from Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.); prohibit a moratorium on fracking for oil and natural gas: H.R. 1121, from Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.); and repeal the Inflation Reduction Act’s greenhouse gas reduction fund: H.R. 1023, from Rep. Gary Palmer (R-Ala.). That latter bill also includes a repeal of the Inflation Reduction Act’s methane fee.