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S. 76 (117th): POWER Act of 2021

About the bill

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)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on January 28, 2021, 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).


28 Cosponsors (28 Republicans)



Jan 28, 2021

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

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

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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