Rep. Hastings ‘not quite sure’ on dropping Dodd-Frank waiver from drilling bill

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There are also other differences between the House and Senate versions of the bills. The House approved its version in June.

But the underlying U.S.-Mexico pact has bipartisan support. Backers say provides legal certainty needed to enable safe development of substantial amounts of oil-and-gas along a shared maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hastings said there will be talks with the Senate and expressed optimism that the differences will be ironed out. “I think we can get the [final] bill passed,” he said.