By Timothy Cama - 06/20/14 02:29 PM EDT
Thirteen House Republicans introduced a bill to expand oil and natural gas drilling offshore and on publicly owned land, moves they say would lower gasoline and other energy prices in the United States.
The bill would force the Obama administration to move toward offshore drilling on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts, conduct lease sales off Virginia’s coast, establish revenue sharing for offshore drilling, reform the permitting process for federal land and other changes.
The sponsors said the legislation aims to remove “roadblocks” to energy production.
Those roadblocks from the Obama administration have led to drops in oil and gas production both offshore and on federal land. Eighty-seven percent of offshore area is off limits to oil and gas drilling, and Obama’s plans do not include opening more areas for production, they said.