Washington, D.C.— Congressman Tom Rice (SC-07) today released the following statement regarding the House passage of H.R. 1965, the Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act of 2013:

“Last month, our country produced more oil than it imported for the first time in nearly two decades. This milestone was only obtainable due to onshore oil production on state-owned and privately-owned land—not federally-owned land.  The legislation my colleagues and I passed today would increase oil and gas development on federally-owned land by setting new permitting standards, cutting red tape, and expanding onshore energy production in the U. S.

“American energy independence is paramount to American Competitiveness.  Expanding onshore oil and gas development would create jobs and drive down the cost of energy for businesses and consumers—ultimately saving you and your family money.  I encourage the Senate to take up this common-sense legislation because it would give our economy the jump-start it greatly needs in this period of sluggish recovery.”

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