Maintaining access to reliable and affordable energy must remain a top priority for our nation. Rising energy costs are a burden to both families and seniors, making American businesses less competitive in the global marketplace, leading to reduced job. Fortunately, recent technological developments within the energy exploration industry have allowed safe and efficient drilling of shale formations, including the Utica and Marcellus. These shale formations have the potential to provide Americans with more than a century of energy and will help lead the way toward North American energy independence. Congress must ensure that drilling is conducted in a safe and responsible manner and that landowners are treated fairly.
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WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to provide clarification on the use and application of EPA-approved pesticides, Congressman Bob Gibbs introduced the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act with bipartisan support earlier today. The legislation corrects a 2009 court decision that required a duplicative and unnecessary National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit for pesticides that have already been regulated, tested, and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency under the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, the House voted on a resolution of disapproval for a Department of Interior regulation called the Stream Protection Rule. The rule, finalized in the last days of the Obama Administration, is one of the greatest examples of Washington bureaucrats ignoring industry stakeholders, the states that pledged to assist with development of the rule, and the thousands of miners who rely on a commonsense regulatory approach.
WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to give American cities and towns flexibility when complying with Environmental Protection Agency mandates, Congressman Bob Gibbs introduced the Water Quality Improvement Act today. The bill sets into law an EPA program called Integrated Planning, which gives cities, municipalities, and local governments the ability to prioritize projects and mandates in an effort to provide clean water for its residents.
WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, the House passed legislation that authorizes water infrastructure projects critical to economic growth and environmental rehabilitation. The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, passed with bipartisan support, makes critical improvements to America’s ports, channels, locks, dams, and other infrastructure.
WASHINGTON, DC – Standing in support of the American energy industry, the House of Representatives passed two resolutions earlier today to express the sense of Congress opposing the President’s proposals that will hurt American energy producers.
WASHINGTON, DC – After the release of a unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in favor of landowners and private property rights, Congressman Bob Gibbs released the following statement:
WASHINGTON, DC – Legislation approved this afternoon targeting the EPA’s regulatory overreach will protect thousands of American energy jobs. The House passed the Satisfying Energy Needs and Saving the Environment (SENSE) Act, which will limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate coal power plants that utilize byproducts from coal mining. This innovative use of leftover raw materials has prevented over 200 million tons of coal refuse from polluting the environment. The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and Mercury and Air Toxics Standards create an unachievable st
WASHINGTON, DC – During today’s House Agriculture Committee hearing, Congressman Bob Gibbs questioned Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on the merits and process of the agency’s Waters of the United States rule. 32 states and countless groups such as U.S.
Note: This op-ed originally appeared in The Hill. You can access the op-ed here.
WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives voted today to stop a regulation written by the Obama Administration that would grant the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) new federal jurisdiction over waters and wetlands already regulated at the state level. The “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule only expands the current federal authority by extending its reach beyond what are traditionally considered “navigable waters.” Under the final rule, the EPA will now have jurisdiction over roadside ditches, grass waterways on farms and ephemeral streams, a clear expansion from current