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S. 76: POWER Act of 2021

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Does the executive order hurt the economy more than it helps the environment?

Context and what the legislation does

On January 27, President Joe Biden issued an executive order placing a moratorium on oil and gas leases in federal land and waters. This didn’t ban the practices entirely, directing the federal government to review — rather than actually halt — existing leases on federal lands and waters, while making no changes to oil and gas leases on tribal lands either.

The POWER (Protecting our Wealth of Energy Resources) Act would effectively kneecap that executive order, by blocking either the president, Secretary of Agriculture, Energy, or Interior from halting such energy permits unless Congress approves such a move.

The House version was introduced on January 28 as bill number H.R. …

Sponsor and status

Cynthia Lummis

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Wyoming. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Length: 4 pages
Jan 28, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Jan 28, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 28, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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28 Cosponsors (28 Republicans)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Jan 28, 2021

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S. 76 is 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 S. 76. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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