White House threatens to veto House energy package

The White House threatened Tuesday to veto a package of energy-related measures on which the House plans to vote this week.

The bill containing the measures “would roll back policies that support the continued growth of safe and responsible energy production in the United States,” the White House said in a statement.

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“It also would discourage environmental analysis and civic engagement in federal decision-making. Furthermore, the bill would impose a system for automatic approval of natural gas pipeline projects that could lead to confusion, increased litigation, delay and potential denial of the projects that the bill intends to expedite,” officials said.

If the bill package were to be passed by the Senate and hit President Obama’s desk, his advisors would recommend he veto it.

The House previously passed all 13 bills that are in the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act.

Republican leaders decided to vote on the proposals again in an effort to remind the Senate and the public that the GOP opposes President Obama’s energy policies.

The measures seek to increase oil and gas drilling both offshore and on federal land, approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, stop costly energy regulations and expedite exports of liquefied natural gas, among other policies. The House expects to vote on the package Thursday.

In its statement Tuesday, the White House reminded House leaders that it had previously issued veto threats for many of the proposals when they first came up for votes.

The package “runs contrary to the administration's commitment to promoting safe and responsible domestic oil and gas development as part of an all-of-the-above energy strategy to increase domestic production and reduce dependence on foreign oil, while protecting the environment and human health,” the White House said.