Republicans say Obama's current lease plan keeps 85 percent of offshore areas closed to energy production. The House Natural Resources Committee approved this bill last week.
The second bill is H.R. 1613, the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act. This legislation approves the terms of the U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement that would allow production of shared energy reserves along the maritime border of the U.S. and Mexico.
House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE (R-Va.) said both of these bills would be up next week, in addition to H.R. 2410, the Agriculture Appropriations Act for 2014. Consideration of that bill will come just days after the House failed to approve a five-year farm bill.
The bill provides $19.5 billion in discretionary funding, $1.3 billion less than the levels in 2013. It's also $516 million below President Obama's request.