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What we're watching: GOP's energy package

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Feb 28, 2023
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Why it matters: It's the starting point for the GOP in any potential deal with the Senate to overhaul environmental permitting laws.

What's happening: House Natural Resources is working on several bills in two hearings this week, most notably the BUILDER Act.

  • That legislation would curb the scope and timelines for National Environmental Policy Act reviews of energy and infrastructure projects and limit lawsuits challenging environmental permits.
  • We expect that to be at the center of the GOP effort to change NEPA.

Meanwhile, E&C subcommittees plan to vote out 16 pieces of legislation today promoting mineral and energy production.

  • That includes bills to repeal parts of the Inflation Reduction Act.

Quick take: We're skeptical that any of this will become law this year, but it's worth watching how the debate unfolds after last year's Manchin permitting bill fight.

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