WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Eric Cantor (VA-07) today issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1229, "Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act,” which will end the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium on issuing offshore drilling permits in the Gulf of Mexico, set firm timelines for the Secretary of Interior to take action on permits, and elevate safety requirements for new permits:
“Business people and families across this country are feeling the burden of $4 gallon gas at the pump. That is why, House Republicans are continuing our efforts to bring down gas prices, maximize American energy production, and create jobs. Last week, we passed legislation to permit lease sales off the coast of Virginia and the Gulf of Mexico in a safe and responsible way. Today, we passed the 'Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act', which will remove the impediments that the Obama Administration has placed on energy development in the Gulf of Mexico. This important legislation ends the months-long delay on issuing permits to offshore wells that have cost and delayed tens of thousands of jobs, reduced energy availability and contributed to rising gas prices.
“We will continue our efforts to lower energy prices and reduce our reliance on foreign oil. Hopefully our colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join us on these common sense efforts to reduce gas prices and get people back to work.”