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One important action your administration can take to ensure American energy independence is to publish a new Five-Year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Plan (“Five-year Plan”) as required under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act of 1953. Finalizing the Five-year Plan, with frequent area-wide leases, would help bring millions of additional barrels of U.S. oil to market. According to a recent analysis by Energy and Industrial Advisory Partners, a further delay of federal offshore leasing could result in 500,000 fewer barrels of domestic oil produced per day, 60,000 lost jobs, and a $900 million per year decrease in federal conservation funding.

The four Democrats are Texas Representatives Vicente Gonzalez, Sylvia Garcia, Henry Cuellar and Lizzie Fletcher.

Meanwhile, the Senate approved language supporting the issuance of a new 5 Year Program ASAP. Four Democrats -Joe Manchin (D-WV), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), and Mark Kelly (D-AZ) – voted for the measure.

When will we hear from the Department of the Interior on the status of the 5 Year Program? It has now been 532 days since the last US offshore lease sale.

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