Energy Policy

With the abundance of energy sources right here in the Commonwealth, Congressman Cline supports an “all of the above” energy policy. Therefore, Congressman Cline believes in supporting policies that serve to bolster both American security and economic interests, and also safeguard our natural resources in a responsible manner that does not jeopardize Virginia’s energy jobs or burdens Virginia’s families with high energy costs.

Below are just a few examples of pieces of legislation Congressman Cline has supported during his tenure to accomplish these goals:

118th Congress:

  • H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act restores America’s energy independence and reduce costs by: increasing domestic energy production; cutting burdensome government red tape; and reforming the permitting process.
  • H.R. 21, the Strategic Production Response Act limits the drawdown of petroleum in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) until the Department of Energy (DOE) submits to Congress a plan to increase the percentage of federal lands leased for oil and gas production.
  • H.R. 1067, the American Energy Act helps reduce the backlog at the Bureau of Land Management by extending the length of drilling permits from two years to four years.

117th Congress:

  • H.R. 420, the Blocking Rejoining Paris Climate Accord Act prohibits the use of any funds to take action providing for the United States to become a party to the Paris Agreement.
  • H.R. 684, the Keystone XL Construction and Jobs Act authorizes the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline to construct, connect, operate, and maintain the pipeline facilities in Phillips County, Montana, for the import of oil from Canada to the United States.
  • H.R. 859, the Protecting American Energy Jobs Act limits the President's authority to prohibit or withdraw federal land or waters from energy production activities.
  • H.R. 2705, the Natural Gas Export Expansion Act revises requirements regarding natural gas imports or exports to expand the expedited application and approval process to any nation, even if not a party to a free trade agreement with the United States. The bill excludes any nation subject to sanctions or trade restrictions imposed by the United States or excluded by the President or Congress for national security reasons.
  • H.R. 6235, the Strategic Production Response Act provides for the development of a plan to increase oil and gas production under oil and gas leases of Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Energy, the Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Defense in conjunction with a drawdown of petroleum reserves from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

116th Congress:

  • H.R. 3306, the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act directs the Secretary of Energy to establish advanced nuclear goals, provide for a versatile, reactor-based fast neutron source, make available high-assay, low-enriched uranium for research, development, and demonstration of advanced nuclear reactor concepts.
  • H.R. 4294, the American Energy First Act seeks to empower States to manage the development and production of oil and gas on available Federal land, to distribute revenues from oil and gas leasing on the Outer Continental Shelf to certain coastal States, to promote alternative energy development.
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