White House slams House GOP ‘energy week’ bills

By Miranda Willson, Manuel Quiñones | 03/18/2024 01:39 PM EDT

Republicans are planning votes on at least six measures and launched a new probe Monday of the natural gas export review pause.

Republicans at oil rig.

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) during an oil rig visit in Midland, Texas, on Monday to kick off "energy week" on Capitol Hill. @SpeakerJohnson/X

The White House expressed its opposition Monday — but did not issue veto threats — to legislation on the House floor as part of what Republican leaders are calling “energy week.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) and Rep. August Pfluger (R-Texas) toured an oil rig in Midland Monday as a way to kick-start the effort.

The broadest bill on the agenda, H.R. 7023, the “Creating Confidence in Clean Water Permitting Act,” would change the scope of the Clean Water Act. The White House said the legislation would undermine environmental protection.


Sponsored by Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, with input from other committee Republicans, the bill takes aim at federal permits issued for industrial projects and other facilities that pollute wetlands and surface waters.