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H.R. 310 (116th): West Coast Ocean Protection Act of 2019

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About the bill

Should oil drilling be allowed in the Pacific Ocean, right off the American west coast?


Federal lease sales for oil drilling in the waters off of California last took place in 1984. But the Trump Administration released a five-year plan last year which would open up the waters off the western continental U.S. to oil drilling, for the first time in three and a half decades.

According to Trump’s Interior Department estimates, the plan would make 98% of the country’s “undiscovered but technically recoverable” oil and gas resources available, compared to only 6% available currently.

What the legislation does

The West Coast Ocean Protection Act would permanently ban offshore drilling off the west coast, enshrining a long-followed guideline into federal law.

It was introduced in the House on …

Sponsor and status

Jared Huffman

Sponsor. Representative for California's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 8, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jan 8, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 8, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


32 Cosponsors (32 Democrats)



Jan 8, 2019

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 310 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 310. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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