House Moves Controversial Offshore Drilling Bills Forward

Law360, Washington (June 26, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT) -- The U.S. House of Representatives advanced two bills on Wednesday that would expand offshore drilling development in partnership with Mexico and circumvent the Obama administration's offshore lease restrictions, overriding vehement Democratic opposition to the provisions.

The lawmakers voted 235-187 in favor of a rule allowing it to vote on the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act. While the first bill focuses on domestic energy development, the second allows the U.S. and Mexico to share offshore drilling development...
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