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WTAS: Whip Emmer Builds Coalition of Support for H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act

H.R. 1 will restore America’s energy independence and lower costs by increasing the production and export of American Energy and reducing regulatory burdens through permitting reform. Following committee hearings and markups, Whip Emmer and House Leadership have hosted numerous stakeholder meetings to build support for H.R. 1. 

Here is what stakeholders are saying in response to H.R. 1: 

Advancing American Freedom, Paul Teller, Executive Director: “Last year, AAF released the Freedom Agenda, which calls on political leadership to restore American opportunity by reestablishing policies to promote American energy dominance. With H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, the new Republican majority has delivered. We look forward to advancing this important victory for the American people through Congress and on to the White House.”

AECOM: “Delivering ambitious infrastructure programs requires modernizing the NEPA process to ensure timely and cost-effective project delivery. Importantly, the use of state-of-the-art digital tools can reduce the review time by up to 50% and improve collaboration among project sponsors, regulatory agencies, and community members. AECOM believes that improving the NEPA process is a widely shared bipartisan goal, and we applaud the inclusion of critical permitting process improvements in H.R. 1.”

Agricultural Retailers Association, Richard Gupton, SR. VP. of Public Policy & Counsel: “ARA strongly supports HR 1, the Lower Energy Cost Act, which is necessary legislation that will reform NEPA and expedite mining, energy, and infrastructure projects to help lower America's energy costs and boost our economy. We applaud efforts in Congress to address these important issues and urge members of Congress support this effort to make the nation energy independent, boost domestic manufacturing, accelerate critical infrastructure projects, and increase our global competitiveness.”

AMAC Action, Bob Carlstrom, President: “On behalf of the over two million members of AMAC – Association of Mature American Citizens, including over 6,600 members who live in LA-01, I write to offer our support for H.R. 1, the "Lower Energy Costs Act". As an organization comprised of many Americans concerned with our nation’s energy independence, AMAC was pleased to see your bill address the continued availability of our most important natural resources.”

America First Policy Institute, Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Chair of the Center for Energy & Environment: “The best way to reduce inflation is to lower energy costs and unleash American energy production. H.R. 1 does exactly that. The Biden Administration’s ongoing war on American energy sacrifices America’s economic and national security to mountains of bureaucratic red tape and the whims of ‘build-nothing’ environmental activists. This has led to disastrous results for hardworking Americans. It’s time to implement America First energy policies that lower energy costs for all Americans and unleash economic prosperity.”

America First Policy Institute, Former Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, Chair of the Center for American Freedom: “The Biden Administration’s war on American energy has led to gas prices rising more than 40% and the worst inflation in over 40 years. Permitting reform is a vital step towards unleashing the vast resources America has right under our feet. America should be leading the way in energy production and critical mineral development instead of relying on hostile foreign governments for our energy resources. H.R. 1 will unleash American energy, restore America’s energy security, and pave the way for real American prosperity.”

America First Works, Ashley Hayek, Executive Director: “President Biden started a war on American energy, and it has cost American families dearly. Biden has managed to raise energy prices for Americans and energy imports from foreign countries. The path to reconciling this is simple — make it easier to tap into our own energy supply, and the cost to heat homes and at the pump will decrease. We had energy dominance just a few short years ago, and Congress owes every American a path to getting it back. The Lower Energy Costs Act is the right answer to combating the Left’s Green New Deal lunacy.”

American Bus Association, Peter Pantuso, President & CEO: “America’s motorcoach fleet has long served the nation’s energy interests by providing safe, environmentally friendly, and cost-effective public transportation services for decades. However, the current deadlines for transitioning to zero-emissions technology are unrealistic and technologically infeasible for our industry. By ensuring motorcoach operators have continued access to the fuel resources necessary to operate, H.R. 1 will facilitate a more realistic transition for our industry to future technologies that will not only further address climate change but secure our nation’s valuable energy resources as well.” 

American Chemistry Council (ACC)“The Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1) advances key national priorities. This legislation will strengthen America’s energy and economic security while helping to spur innovation and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We applaud its strategies to boost production of diverse energy sources; build and update infrastructure; modernize the permitting process; secure supplies of critical energy resources, including critical minerals and other materials; and end future delays in chemical substance review for critical energy resources.”

American Clean Power Association, Jason Grumet, CEO: “The Lower Energy Costs Act contains important provisions and reforms that will help advance clean energy in the United States. This legislation would create a predictable and timely federal permitting framework which is critical to the future development of America’s vast clean energy resources. Additionally, encouraging the development of clean energy infrastructure on public lands will create thousands of jobs, reduce energy costs, strengthen grid reliability, and improve energy security. Failure to enact critical permitting reforms and lift barriers that are hindering our ability to build much-needed transmission puts an estimated 150,000 clean energy jobs at risk. We look forward to working with Congress to build on this important effort.”

American Conservation Coalition Action, Benji Backer, President and Founder: “Republicans introducing this energy package as their first major bill of the 118th Congress shows how seriously they take our energy future. Streamlining regulations, unleashing American energy, and promoting clean innovation are crucial steps in the fight against climate change. ACC Action applauds Speaker McCarthy, Leader Scalise, and Chairs Graves, Westerman & Rodgers for their leadership.”

American Energy Alliance, Thomas Pyle, President: “The American Energy Alliance supports H.R. 1. For too long, the production and delivery of affordable and reliable American energy has been hampered by the policies and politics in Washington. The Lower Energy Costs Act is an important first step towards getting the federal government out of the energy business and helping keep energy costs affordable and reliable for everyday Americans.”

American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA), Mark Compton, Executive Director: “The American Exploration & Mining Association (AEMA) wishes to express our strong support for H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act of 2023. H.R. 1 is the compilation of thoughtful work by the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, Natural Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure to develop common-sense, comprehensive reforms to help secure our mineral supply chains, improve the competitiveness of U.S. industries across our economy, and meet our nation’s challenges in an environmentally responsible and just manner.”

American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC), Anne Bradbury, CEO: “We support H.R. 1, as it was thoughtfully crafted with a holistic approach to unleash American energy and lower energy costs by reforming the permitting process, providing greater clarity for critical infrastructure investors, streamlining energy infrastructure and exports, requiring the Interior Department to resume quarterly lease sales on federal lands, and repealing the new natural gas tax. H.R. 1 also recognizes the strategic value of American Shale and supports domestic production by reversing anti-energy policies and seeking to end the weaponization of environmental assessments from statutes like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Clean Water Act.”

American Farm Bureau Federation, Zippy Duvall, President: “Over the past several years, farmers and ranchers have been facing unprecedented volatility including record-high input costs. Affordable and abundant energy is critical for farmers and ranchers as it is a major factor for input costs. The Lower Energy Costs Act attempts to rectify these challenges by increasing the production of American energy and reducing regulatory burdens through comprehensive permitting reform...Farm Bureau is committed to working with Congress to address the current energy challenges, and encourages your support of H.R. 1.” 

American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce, Gentry Collins, CEO: “The American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce supports HR 1, and asks every Member of Congress to support this important work to power our economy in a responsible and affordable way.”

American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, Spokesperson: “HR 1 is an investment in U.S. energy security. Fuel and petrochemical manufacturers, and the energy infrastructure companies that make it possible to get our feedstocks and products from point A to point B, welcome the additional clarity and regulatory certainty this legislation will provide.”

American Petroleum Institute (API)Mike Sommers, President and CEO: “Real, lasting change comes from bipartisan, common-sense, economically-sound solutions. We all share the common goals of providing reliable energy to Americans; enhancing our energy security; cementing our energy independence for years to come; and making energy safer, cleaner, and more affordable. API and our members are encouraged by this Congress' efforts to enact such change, which will make a measurable and meaningful impact in the lives of many. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on solutions that make a difference and commend this exciting step toward enacting permitting reform this year.”

American Pipeline Contractors Association, Taylor Dacus, President: “APCA proudly endorses the Lower Energy Costs Act. Under our current outdated and burdensome regulatory structure, many critical energy projects take years to clear the permitting process – if they do at all. Many projects that would have clearly benefited Americans, the American economy, and the American environment have been blocked by outdated and oft-weaponized interpretations of NEPA and the Clean Water Act. If we are to reach the ambitious energy and climate goals set by the Administration and Congress, pipeline infrastructure must play a strong role – a role it cannot play if permitting issues stand in the way. APCA is pleased to see language that repeals the misguided methane tax, which increases energy costs without providing a clear environmental benefit. By revising, streamlining, and modernizing these outdated standards, this legislation will help our members build the energy infrastructure that fuels America.”

Americans for Prosperity (AFP), Akash Chougule, Vice President of Government Affairs: “Families and businesses are facing historic inflation costs driven by President Biden’s war on American energy. Now, Congress has a real opportunity to lower costs by repealing the onerous taxes and regulations that are standing in the way of an abundant, reliable energy supply. The Lower Energy Costs Act would unleash America’s energy abundance by speeding up construction and energy production throughout this country. We are calling on Congress to swiftly pass these bold reforms to lower costs for all Americans, and we will hold accountable those who stand in the way.”

American Road & Transportation Builders Association, David Bauer, President & C.E.O: “Accordingly, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) supports the infrastructure project delivery reforms included in H.R. 1. This legislation would set a two-year deadline for completing major project reviews and enact page limits on environmental review documents. H.R. 1 also removes barriers to the use of interactive and digital platforms in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process and expands opportunities for technology to help meet permitting requirements.”

American Public Gas Association (APGA)“APGA applauds leadership in the House of Representatives, including Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Majority Leader Steve Scalise, for recognizing the critical need to ensure affordable and reliable energy. APGA supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, and its goal to reduce the regulatory burdens that impede the expansion of energy infrastructure.”

Americans for Tax Reform: “Americans for Tax Reform encourages all members of Congress to vote “YES” on H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act of 2023. The Lower Energy Costs Act, introduced by Majority Leader Steve Scalise (R-La.), is a holistic package of policies that House Republicans see as key to America’s energy future. The package consists of more than twenty pieces of legislation that will increase domestic energy production, reduce regulatory burdens, and lower energy costs.”

Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Danny Seiden, President and CEO: “Speaker McCarthy and Leader Scalise deserve tremendous credit for designating a bill to roll back regulations around domestic energy production as their top priority. The Arizona business community is excited about the potential for new infrastructure projects and energy cost savings that H.R. 1 would make possible. This bill will enhance the country’s international competitiveness.” 

Arizona Manufacturers Council, Grace Appelbe, Executive Director: “This bill is essential if we’re going to put downward pressure on energy prices, a major input to the manufacturing process and a cost driver. Arizona manufacturers believe strongly that environmental stewardship and economic expansion are not mutually exclusive. We can cut red tape and regulatory costs in a responsible way.” 

Associated Builders and Contractors, Kristen Swearingen, Vice President, Legislative and Political Affairs: “On behalf of Associated Builders and Contractors, a national construction industry trade association with 68 chapters representing more than 22,000 members, we write in support of H.R. 1, The Lower Energy Costs Act. ABC urges you to support H.R. 1 and will consider this a “KEY VOTE” for our scorecard on the 118th Congress.” 

Associated Equipment Distributors, Daniel Fisher, Senior Vice President, Public Policy: “H.R. 1 will promote an all of the above energy strategy leading to more American energy exploration and jobs. The Association of Equipment Distributors (AED) and our local members look forward to supplying the equipment needed to increase our domestic energy production as envisioned in H.R. 1.”

Associated General Contractors of America, James V. Christianson, Vice President Government Relations: “On behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) – the leading construction association representing America’s top general contractors and specialty-contracting firms in every state – I write in support of The Lower Energy Costs Act, H.R. 1. AGC urges all representatives to vote “YES” on H.R. 1 and will KEY VOTE final passage for the education of its 27,000 member companies.”

Associated Industries of Missouri, Ray McCarty, President/CEO: “Associated Industries of Missouri supports getting the government out of the way of our manufacturing, mining and energy production activities as much as possible. Today's manufacturers and mining operations take safety and environmental responsibility seriously and we don't need government mandates and prohibitions that stifle the free market and destroy American businesses' ability to compete in a global economy.”

Baker Hughes, Matt Armstrong, VP, Global Government & Regulatory Affairs: “HR 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, takes up the important work of reforming America’s permitting framework to accelerate energy infrastructure build-out. The U.S. is well-positioned to address the growing global demand for secure, affordable and sustainable energy, but speed and certainty are required to meet the moment. We applaud House leadership for prioritizing these issues in the first bill of the 118th Congress and look forward to working alongside policymakers to advance permitting reform this year.”

Better In Our Back Yard: “The permitting process in the U.S. is holding us back from building essential infrastructure – from clean energy to critical mineral projects and more – that would help put America at a competitive advantage by addressing our supply chain vulnerabilities. The much-needed permitting reform that H.R. 1 is pushing for would help projects move forward efficiently without circumventing environmental safe-guards already in place. Never has it been more vital for the U.S. to secure domestic supply chains and in Minnesota’s case, H.R. 1 would be an important step in our ability to access the state’s vast copper, nickel, cobalt and platinum group metals resources.”

bp: “bp encourages bipartisan collaboration to advance permitting reform legislation this year that can help the US reach net zero by 2050 or sooner. This is why we support the efforts by the U.S. House of Representatives to improve infrastructure permitting processes and expand access to secure, affordable and lower carbon domestic energy resources. Streamlining permitting reviews, enhancing predictability in lease sales and fast-tracking the buildout of needed infrastructure can help accelerate the energy transition while protecting the environment and communities.”

Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Lisa Jacobson, President: “The modernization and expansion of energy infrastructure – spanning electric transmission, renewable energy development, and build out of domestic supply chains – is critical to a secure and reliable U.S. energy system. BCSE urges bipartisan agreement on federal permitting and siting reform and looks forward to working with Congress on a legislative package in the coming months.”

Business Roundtable, Kristen Silverberg, President & COO: “Business Roundtable applauds House Republicans for prioritizing America’s energy security in their signature legislation. H.R. 1 would increase American energy production, reduce our reliance on energy from foreign countries, bolster the domestic critical minerals supply chain, and enable the U.S. to export more energy to our friends and allies. Reforming the permitting process for energy infrastructure projects is at the core of H.R. 1 and is essential to keep up with the growing demand for traditional and clean energy. Passage of H.R. 1 is an important step toward finding a bipartisan, bicameral agreement on permitting reform legislation that can be signed into law.” 

Carolinas Natural Gas Coalition, Hank McCullough, Board Chair: “The Carolinas are experiencing rapid population growth, and we need more natural gas infrastructure to support economic development and the power sector. As non-natural gas producing states, the growing economies of North Carolina and South Carolina will require more infrastructure. We need more assistance at the federal level to keep natural gas flowing into our states. That is why Carolinas Natural Gas Coalition supports H.R. 1, which includes important policy changes to the pipeline permitting process. Comprehensive permitting reform will help transport the robust domestic energy supply to areas of demand in our country, benefiting all Americans. We believe that reducing the regulatory burdens that make it harder to build major infrastructure in America is a critical step to achieving this goal. We urge Congress to support H.R. 1 and to keep energy affordability, reliability, and security front and center for years to come. The Lower Energy Costs Act will benefit not only the natural gas industry but also the millions of Americans who depend on affordable and reliable energy.”

Center for Energy and Conservation (CEC) at Independent Women’s Forum, Mandy Gunasekara, Director:“America’s future requires more energy, and H.R. 1 will address this need. The comprehensive package will ensure hardworking families have access to affordable energy that works when needed most. Our country is blessed with abundant resources which the men and women in the U.S. energy industry know how to extract, refine, and deliver in the safest, most environmentally-friendly way. I applaud the new leadership in the U.S. House for focusing on solutions that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of everyday Americans struggling to heat and power their homes and for acting as a bulwark against the Biden Administration’s misguided, inflationary policies.” 

Center for LNG, Charlie Riedl, Executive Director: “The Center for LNG supports the goals of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, and recognizes the importance permitting reform to unlock the domestic and international benefits of U.S. natural gas and LNG exports.”

Center of the American Experiment, Isaac Orr: “HR 1 is a much-needed alternative to the incoherent ball of contradictions that have defined President Biden's energy agenda. Unfortunately, virtually everything the Biden administration has done since taking office has made energy more expensive and shipped opportunities for American workers overseas. On day one, he sent a powerful message to the energy industry when he canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline: "You can follow all the rules, and we will still cancel your permits." Since then, he has withdrawn mineral leases on federal lands for copper-nickel mining, which is needed to provide the metals needed for wind turbines, solar panels, and batteries.”

Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), Star Parker, President, and Marty Dannenfelser, VP, Government Relations & Coalitions: “The Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE) aims to fight poverty and restore dignity through scholarship supporting faith, freedom, and personal responsibility. We commend the sponsors of H.R. 1 and the respective House committees for the development of a comprehensive plan to unleash American energy and lower costs for families -- especially low-income families -- and encourage you to support this vital legislation.” 

Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Victoria Price, Government Relations Manager: “We thank you again for your consideration of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. Congressional attention is welcomed to establish a legislative and regulatory framework which allows Chesapeake Utilities to continue and expand delivery of clean, reliable, and affordable energy to our customers.”

Chevron, Bruce L. Niemeyer, President, Chevron Americas Exploration & Production: “I want to express Chevron’s support for H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, as a significant step toward a bipartisan, comprehensive permitting bill that can reach the president’s desk and be signed into law. We appreciate the House of Representatives bringing an energy and permitting bill to the House floor and look forward to working with the House and Senate as H.R. 1 advances through the legislative process.”

Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES), Heather Reams, President: “Under the leadership of Speaker Kevin McCarthy, House Republicans’ Commitment to America laid out a clear all-of-the-above energy plan: invest in innovation, unlock domestic resources, and let America build to lower costs for families, enhance our national security, and reduce global emissions. H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, takes a great first step to realizing these goals by cutting Washington red tape that stifles American growth.”

ClearPath Action, Rich Powell, CEO: “The Lower Energy Costs Act will bolster innovation, increase American production of energy, reduce global emissions, and make energy more affordable for American families.”

Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)-University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus, Dylan Saue, Vice President: “H.R. 1 is a step in the right direction for American energy independence. President Biden and his administration have discouraged and ridiculed American energy production from day one. H.R. 1 will allow decade-long projects to start finally, allowing American energy producers to mine minerals such as copper, cobalt, and nickel. Instead of having us import those materials from foreign nations, we will have them in our backyard. Restoring American energy leadership will lower costs for all Americans while putting good, high-paying jobs back on the market.”

ConocoPhillips, Kevin J. Avery, Vice President, Federal Government Affairs: “On behalf of ConocoPhillips, I would like to extend our support for passage of H.R. 1 by the House of Representatives. By reforming the federal permitting and judicial review processes, this legislation will promote continued United States leadership in energy production, including natural gas/LNG, oil, solar, wind, nuclear and the critical minerals we need for all energy sources.”

Conservative Energy Network, Brittany Zwierzchowski Tisler, COO & Interim CEO: “The passage of H.R. 1 is a positive first step in America’s path to energy dominance. We are particularly heartened by the inclusion of permitting reform in the bill. By establishing reasonable time limits for environmental review, new clean energy generation and transmission can be sited more efficiently across the country. We are also encouraged by provisions that would reduce barriers to domestic critical mineral mining. This is absolutely necessary as we work to reshore the American energy supply chain by acquiring more critical minerals needed for clean energy development from the United States as opposed to foreign countries like China. We know that there is a bipartisan desire for these key provisions and applaud Speaker McCarthy, Leader Scalise, Chairman McMorris-Rodgers, and the House Republican conference for their work to productively move the ball forward in these conversations. CEN looks forward to continuing to educate policymakers on the importance of issues like permitting reform and transmission. We simply cannot have an American-led clean energy future without addressing these challenges.”

Conservatives for Property Rights, James Edwards, Executive Director: “Conservatives for Property Rights wholeheartedly supports the Lower Energy Costs Act. We applaud House Republicans’ leadership on taking advantage of the vast blessings of natural resources our country has in abundance. It’s foolish—indeed, dangerous—to leave these resources untapped. H.R. 1 would roll back extensive regulatory red tape, open up our energy assets, put them to productive use to the benefit of our economy and the American people, and thereby strengthen U.S. competitiveness and security versus malicious foreign powers. You can bet that China, Russia and other countries won’t leave such energy assets in the ground. America shouldn’t fiddle while Rome burns. CPR urges the Senate to pass H.R. 1 quickly after the House sends over this bill, and the president to sign it into law.”

Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), Kaitlin Hammons, Vice President: “H.R. 1 is an impressive package of legislation that incentivizes American companies to produce energy in an environmentally responsible way. It represents a step in the right direction toward helping bring down costs while ensuring that our nation’s world-leading environmental rigor is not curtailed.”

Council for Citizens Against Government Waste, Thomas A. Schatz, President: “You will soon be considering H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. On behalf of the more than one million members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste (CCAGW), I urge you to support this legislation.”

Dairyland Power Cooperative, Brent J. Ridge, President and CEO: “As testified to the United States House of Representatives, Committee on Natural Resources, Dairyland supports the Builder Act and modernizing outdated policies with proposed changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) contained in H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act.”

Distribution Contractors Association, Rob Darden, Executive Vice President: “Reforming the outdated and permitting process for infrastructure projects remains a top priority of DCA and has become a bipartisan issue on Capitol Hill. Section 401 of the Clean Water Act remains especially problematic. While the intent is to ensure that states can more effectively regulate local land and infrastructure, several states use this authority as a method to delay or create cost-prohibitive roadblocks to getting important energy projects off the ground. We appreciate inclusion of provisions to combat that problem in HR 1.”

Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, Matt Baumgartner, President & CEO: “The Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce supports an objective, fair, stringent, process to permit mines, local government infrastructure, clean energy projects, and transportation projects in our country. HR1 moves us in that direction, which can best position us for a fair, non-partisan, objective future.”

Edison Electric Institute, Tom Kuhn, President: “EEI and our member companies support permitting improvements that create a more efficient, environmentally sound, and legally durable process for deploying new energy infrastructure and energy technologies. H.R. 1 proposes important improvements to our nation’s inefficient and time-consuming siting and permitting process, and we applaud Speaker Kevin McCarthy, Leader Steve Scalise, and Chairs Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Bruce Westerman, and Sam Graves for leading on these critical issues. A clear, coordinated, consistent, and efficient permitting process is essential for our industry and for America’s electric companies as we make critical investments in our nation’s energy grid. We look forward to continuing to work on a bicameral and bipartisan basis to move siting and permitting reform across the finish line.”

EnerGeo Alliance, Dustin Van Liew, VP of Global Policy & Government Affairs: “As the global trade alliance for the energy geoscience industry, representing the geoscience companies, innovators, and energy developers that use earth science to discover, develop, and deliver energy to our world, the EnerGeo Alliance supports H.R. 1. – THE LOWER ENERGY COSTS ACT which will improve the lives of the American people by making energy more affordable and accessible. It will also enable energy made in the U.S. As the first step in development for most energy sources, H.R.1 will reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens for geoscience surveys that make it more challenging to invest and spur the increase in the production and export of American energy growing the American economy.”

Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance, Toby Mack, President: “EEIA represents companies and workers who build energy infrastructure: suppliers of construction, equipment, materials and services - in other words the energy infrastructure supply chain. The Lower Energy Costs Act (H.R. 1) is critical to future of America's energy security, affordability and reliability. The current status quo makes it nearly impossible to put in place the infrastructure needed to move America's energy wealth to consumers and businesses, and to lower our carbon emissions. H.R. 1's reforms will go a long way to break the permitting logjams that prevent projects from moving forward and block the creation of countless jobs for the working people that build them.”

Energy Workforce & Technology Council, Tim Tarpley, President: “Energy Workforce & Technology Council supports H.R. 1 and believes the legislation will unlock American oil and natural gas production by providing much needed regulatory reform, removing barriers to vital infrastructure development, restoring certainty to federal on- and offshore leasing, while strengthening our energy and national security and lowering energy costs across the country.”

Essential Minerals Association, Chris Greissing, President: “On behalf of the members of the Essential Minerals Association (EMA), I would like to thank you for your continued leadership on the issue of mineral permitting reform. We appreciate the urgency with which the House is taking up consideration of HR 1, the Lowering Energy Costs Act. We are very much looking forward to participating in this process as it moves forward. What had historically been a competitive issue for the industry has quickly transformed into an economic security threat for families and businesses across our country facing inflation and supply chain shortages, as well as a national security threat to America.”

ExxonMobil, Darren Woods, CEO: “ExxonMobil supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Cost Act, which addresses the need for improved efficiency within the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) permitting process. We urge policymakers to pass this important legislation that will help the industry meet society’s evolving demand for affordable and reliable energy while also reducing emissions. We look forward to working with the House and Senate as H.R. 1 progresses through the legislative process.”

Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Full, President and CEO: “On behalf of our Chamber members and the thousands of businesses throughout the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo region, The FMWF Chamber stands in support of H.R. 1 and urges Congress to act swiftly on this key piece of legislation. To remain competitive on a global scale, our nation must advance comprehensive policies that promote American energy independence and reduce regulatory burdens. Reliable, sustainable, and affordable energy along with timely, pragmatic, and equitable regulations are imperative to our regional and national economic prosperity.”

FreedomWorks, Cesar Ybarra, Vice President of Policy: “House Republicans’ energy package will eliminate regulatory burdens created by unelected bureaucrats, advance permitting reform, help lower energy costs, and allow more opportunity for on and offshore production. This common sense energy policy is a good first step towards reclaiming American energy independence and dominance on the world stage.”

General Motors: “General Motors applauds Congress’ continued focus on permitting reform, critical minerals supply chains and an all of the above energy approach. GM is making historic investments here in the United States both in our manufacturing operations and our efforts to localize as much of the supply chain as possible, ensuring that our supply chains are secure, sustainable, scalable and cost-competitive while creating jobs. Passage of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, to establish a permitting framework that is timely, transparent and effective is key to unlocking the necessary domestic investments to maintain American leadership.”

GPA Midstream Association, Matthew Hite, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs: “We strongly support H.R. 1 and are very appreciative of the House's leadership on this very important issue.”

Greater Houston Partnership, Bob Harvey, President & CEO: “Houston, as the Energy Capital of the World, knows firsthand that America's energy ambitions require an efficient, predictable, and transparent regulatory environment, which is why the Greater Houston Partnership supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, and the meaningful permitting reform it provides.”

Greater Lafourche Port Commission, Chett Chiasson, Executive Director: “We support H.R.1 because it supports an "All of the Above" Energy Strategy for our country which benefits every American by lowering energy costs, retains and creates jobs, and strengthens our economy and national security.”

Greater North Dakota Chamber, Arik Spencer, President & CEO: “We support smart approaches to regulation and investment in infrastructure specific to transportation, energy, water, and connectivity, to best support the needs of business. H.R. 1 is an important step to permitting reform and securing a policy framework that promotes a healthy economy.” 

Heritage Action, Jessica Anderson, Executive Director: “High and still-rising energy prices have proved that Americans can no longer take energy access and reliability for granted. President Biden’s political agenda to mandate the energy sector’s transition away from our abundant conventional fuels to renewable and alternative technologies has increased energy costs and foreign reliance on fossil fuels. It is time to strengthen our security and independence through harnessing multiple American energy resources and routes. We applaud the introduction and swift consideration of H.R.1 to restore necessary streamlining within the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), provide additional regulatory transparency, and enable critical mineral and energy development.”  

Independent Petroleum Association of America, Jeff Eshelman, President & CEO: “IPAA is pleased to support H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. This legislation - and its designation as the House’s first bill - is a clear indication of the direction and priority that is set by the new House leadership. The provisions of this bill, including repealing the methane tax and streamlining NEPA to process permits in a timelier manner, provide guidance and assurance that American natural gas and oil are a top priority. This legislation will help lower costs for American consumers at home and add to greater American energy security in the global marketplace.”

Independent Petroleum Association of America, Steven H. Pruett, Chairman: “H.R. 1 will reduce roadblocks and disincentives to developing all types of energy and infrastructure projects our country needs including pipelines, electric transmission & distribution lines, renewable energy projects, and carbon capture projects, with the overarching goal of providing reliable, affordable energy to our citizens and allies for decades to come.”

Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce, Steven Hunsberger: “The Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce supports this legislation and the improvement of American produced energy for all businesses in the USA as well as the importance of national production of minerals and other metals for use in renewable energies.”

Institute of Makers of Explosives, Colby Sholler, Senior Director of Government Affairs: “The Institute of Makers of Explosives and our members in the commercial explosives industry strongly support H.R. 1 and all efforts to modernize and streamline the permitting process. The Lower Energy Costs Act is an important step in strengthening the U.S. economy and achieving energy independence. IME hopes to see the legislation receive wide and bi-partisan support in Congress.”

International Association of Drilling Contractors, Jason McFarland, President: “IADC applauds Speaker McCarthy, Majority Leader Scalise, and everyone involved with the production and prioritization of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. We strongly support this comprehensive legislation and believe it will restore much-needed certainty to U.S. federal leasing programs, both onshore and offshore. Increasing the production and export of U.S. energy will lead to greater national energy security and lower costs for American consumers. Drilling contractors stand at the ready to assist with increased production in the most efficient and responsible ways possible. We thank Congress for placing such an emphasis on energy production through this sensible and encouraging legislation.”

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA), Amy Andryszak, President and CEO: “INGAA stands ready to work in a bipartisan manner to enact these permitting provisions to enable the efficient and consistent development of energy infrastructure that will continue delivering the benefits of natural gas to the American people.” 

Job Creators Network, Alfredo Ortiz, President and CEO: “H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, would bring long overdue relief to ordinary Americans and small businesses hurt by runaway gas prices and heating bills caused by the Biden administration's anti-fossil fuel agenda. H.R. 1 would increase energy production, streamline the permitting process, and reverse Biden's anti-energy policies. This approach will allow Americans to afford to fill up their vehicles and heat their homes in the winter again. Given how energy is key input cost in the economy, lower energy costs will also make small businesses more competitive. H.R. 1 mirrors a provision in Job Creators Network's Americans Small Business Prosperity Plan, and JCN supports its immediate passage.”

Jobs for Minnesotans, David Chura, Chair: “Jobs for Minnesotans has consistently advocated for a fair regulatory process – fair to the public, the government agencies and investors alike. The three pillars of a fair process include transparency, predictability and timeliness. Without any of these, the regulatory process loses credibility and fairness for projects being reviewed in our state and in our country. We have watched several mining project proposal timelines get extended time after time, delaying review and creating an unpredictable regulatory environment. The impact on investment in our state is chilling. This is particularly harmful in greater Minnesota, where new investment is desperately needed. We should allow projects the opportunity to prove they can both safely mine for minerals AND protect the surrounding environment all in support of the clean energy transition. H.R. 1 helps achieve these goals.”

Kane County Commission, Utah, Celeste Meyeres: “Kane County, Utah, and our tribal lands neighbors, have been waiting for years for a bill such as H.R. 1 to restore sustainable, responsible and viable energy production.”

Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association, Edward Cross, President: “H.R. 1 is a welcome answer to government-imposed distortions to energy markets that have decimated the energy independence that America enjoyed just a few years ago.”

Kentucky Oil and Gas Association, Ryan Watts, Executive Director: “On behalf of the Kentucky Oil and Gas Association and its members, we support H.R. 1 that will help boost domestic energy supplies, encourage job growth, provide reliable energy, and strengthen our national security.”

Kirkwood Oil & Gas LLC, D. Steven Degenfelder, Land Manager: “America's energy independence supply chain begins in the mind of a geologist dreaming of where oil and gas might be trapped, then obtaining leases and getting like-minded explorationists to risk their capital to test the geologic theory. HR l, the "Lower Energy Costs Act" makes changes that will encourage companies to explore on federal lands and retains the fiduciary responsibility required for public land management.” 

Liquid Energy Pipeline Association, Andy Black, President & CEO: “Meaningful permitting reform is needed to bring affordable and reliable energy to American families and workers. Pipelines are how we will get the benefits of American energy from where it is produced to where we need and use it.”

LNG Allies, The USLNG Association, Fred H. Hutchison, President & CEO: “LNG Allies is pleased to support H.R.1, which would help streamline the regulatory processes for approval of LNG facilities and natural gas pipelines. Permitting reform is urgently needed to ensure that necessary energy infrastructure is built across America.”

Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA), Tommy Faucheux, President: “LMOGA supports H.R. 1 as it will help advance energy production in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast. Importantly, H.R. 1 will bring certainty to the federal leasing process for offshore energy that currently serves nearly 16% of American energy demand. H.R. 1 will also facilitate the timely buildout of infrastructure that is necessary to bring our energy market—whether to refineries here in the U.S. or to meet the needs of our allies oversees. H.R. 1 also will streamline the permitting process to support our state’s infrastructure needs and bring significant investment back home to support critical coastal restoration efforts. Our industry has faced unprecedented uncertainty as the federal leasing program has stalled. While significant federal investment for low carbon fuels have been proposed, the permitting process still poses significant challenges we need to overcome. Congress should act expeditiously to pass common sense legislation to bring certainty to meeting American energy demands.”

Marcellus Shale Coalition, David Callahan, President: “It is encouraging to see leaders in Washington stand up for consumers and domestic manufacturers by tackling the regulatory hurdles holding back access to affordable, reliable, American-made energy. This comprehensive legislation includes important measures that will boost the security of our domestic natural gas resources – as well as address key infrastructure constraints holding us back from reaching our full economic and environmental potential.”

MiningMinnesota, Julie Lucas, Executive Director: “As our nation progresses and invests in our infrastructure, we need to ensure that all projects, including mining, are thoroughly and properly evaluated in a responsible, predictable manner. H.R. 1 provides a structured framework that grants all stakeholders, including project proponents, a clear path forward to build our country.”

Minnesota Agri-Growth Council, Tamara A Nelsen: “American domestic resources, including land, water, minerals, and energy are imperative to our nation's economic strength and global leadership. The U.S. has a proud history of supporting and facilitating effective resource use for our citizens and for future needs. Over the past decade, regulatory requirements were tightened or domestic resource use blocked, not based on data or science, but by emotion. Not only do those unfounded regulations limit domestic U.S. production and food and energy security, but they DO NOT help the environment or protect our citizens. We support common sense reforms to our current regulatory process to once again facilitate our nation's great leadership and strength through energy security.”

Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum, Kayla Christensen, Executive Director: “At MnCEF we advocate for a market-based, "all-of-the-above" approach to energy, recognizing that the transition to renewable energy will not happen overnight. However, we do not support mandates with arbitrary deadlines that will do nothing but raise costs for Americans; the market is already demanding more renewable energy, which will only continue to increase. H.R. 1 contains important reforms that will streamline getting crucial projects online - increasing America's energy independence, strengthening national security and creating countless jobs. Particularly exciting are the mining provisions, as Minnesota has a rich history of safely extracting metals and critical minerals required for almost everything in our modern world. Our workforce is ready to continue this work to mine the materials the transition to renewable energy cannot happen without, both ethically and with high environmental standards. This bill takes tangible steps that will allow the market and innovations to flourish, driving down costs and moving us meaningfully to the clean energy future we are striving for.”

Minnesota Farm Bureau, Dan Glessing, President: “The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) represents nearly 30,000 farm and ranch families across the state. On behalf of MFBF member families, I am writing in support of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act.”

Minnesota Rural Electric Association, Darrick Moe, President & CEO: “We believe permitting reform is urgently needed to move forward with the ongoing energy transition while keeping the power grid operating reliably.”

Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Assoc., Lance Klatt, Executive Director: “MSSA supports HR 1 and the goals of regulatory reform.”

Mechanical Contractors Association of America, John McNerney, General Counsel: “MCAA supports faster development and delivery of infraqsrtreucturwe and energy projects to the markets in the public interest of jobs, economic sustainability, and national competitiveness.”

Mower County Farm Bureau, Marlin Fay, President: “As the current political focus is geared toward non fossil fuel production, we express our concern about our energy reliability and capability in the future. The ability to have energy to both run and protect our country seem to be right in the pathway of our new energy plan. It seems as though all of the progress we have made in cleaning up our environment with renewable fuels and other channels is being thrown under the bus in the name of "zero emissions". There is no" zero emiisions" if you follow the process from beginning to end. Fossil fuels can, and are, being used efficiently. The risk of becoming energy dependant and unreliable is not acceptable.”

National Association of Home Builders, James W. Tobin III, Executive Vice President and Chief Lobbyist: “On behalf of the more than 140,000 members of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), I write in support of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. This bill provides pragmatic energy and climate solutions while preservinghousing affordability and homeowner energy choice. Because of the bill’s importance to the home buildingindustry, NAHB has designated support for the passage of H.R. 1 as a KEY VOTE. NAHB also supports amendment No. 114 offered by Reps. Gary Palmer (R-AL) and Debbie Lesko (R-AZ) that prohibits the Secretary of Energy from implementing a rule that would limit consumer access to gas stoves. Accordingly, NAHB has designated a vote in support of the Palmer/Lesko gas stove amendment as a KEY VOTE.”

National Association of Manufacturers, Jay Timmons, President and CEO: “Achieving energy security and reforming a broken permitting process is a herculean effort, and the Lower Energy Costs Act takes on that challenge. Manufacturers in the U.S. thank @SpeakerMcCarthy @Stevescalise and @GOPMajorityWhip for their focus on making our industry stronger.”

National Association of Manufacturers, Aric Newhouse, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Relations: “Permitting and access to affordable, reliable energy affects every aspect of our lives, from economic security to national security. If we fail to utilize our domestic natural resources and modernize existing processes, we will continue to miss opportunities to create good-paying jobs and reduce financial burdens on American families. It is critical that Congress pass H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, to bolster domestic energy production and streamline outdated permitting processes.”

National Electrical Contractors Association, David Long, Chief Executive Officer: “Permitting reform has long been a priority for NECA contractors nationwide. There are many projects that enter the queue effectively shovel-ready, having already secured adequate financing, but by the time they make it to the front of the line, power purchase agreements have fallen apart, land use agreements have timed out, and other challenges prompt the full cancellation of the project. Federal permitting reform for energy, minerals, and infrastructure projects is imperative and passage of H.R. 1 would create an environment for projects to come online faster and provide much needed relief to our members performing this critical infrastructure work.”

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Kevin Kuhlman, Vice President of Federal Government Relations: “On behalf of NFIB, the nation’s leading small business advocacy association, I write in support of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. This legislation would increase energy production and streamline the permitting process for energy-related projects.”

National Mining Association, Rich Nolan, President & CEO: “The combined result of the speed of innovation, the enthusiastic uptake of electric vehicles, the demands of energy technologies, and the need for mined materials for manufacturing and critical infrastructure is that the status quo in mine permitting is no longer an option. We must do more to responsibly access the resources we have here at home, ensuring that the minerals that our supply chains need are sourced in accordance with the world’s top environmental, safety and labor standards. The Lowering Energy Costs Act, H.R.1 will move the U.S. back into a competitive stance with geopolitical rivals – and allies – allowing our nation to respond to ever-increasing domestic energy and mineral demands by keeping the rigor that exists in today’s permitting reviews while increasing regulatory certainty, cutting unnecessary duplication and strengthening accountability.” 

National Ocean Industries Association, Erik G. Milito, President: “Despite ever-increasing private and public investment in our nation’s energy and infrastructure projects, a broken permitting process has plagued America’s ability to realize its true potential and continues to stand in the way of energy and infrastructure progress. The Lower Energy Costs Act reforms NEPA for the 21st century and will usher-in a new era of American energy resource development. By setting reasonable limits to agency environmental review timelines and judicial reviews and establishing certainty in the energy leasing and permitting process, this legislation will create shovel-ready jobs in every state while maintaining robust environmental protections. Codifying these modernizations will bring a higher level of certainty to critical infrastructure projects, empower agencies to prioritize the most significant projects, and allow the federal government to better coordinate reviews across multiple agencies and stakeholders. Importantly, this legislation represents a measured, “all of the above” approach to energy policy. By streamlining the permitting process, codifying revenue sharing parity provisions for offshore wind, and providing responsible mining access to the critical minerals required to develop the energy technologies of tomorrow, this bill will help ensure the United States has the resources it needs to be a secure, global leader for decades to come.”

National Roofing Contractors Association, Duane Musser, Vice President of Government Relations: “The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, to unleash American energy and streamline our cumbersome permitting processes. These efforts will have a rippling effect throughout our economy and allow our members to grow their businesses, increase employee wages, and make the cost of goods and services more affordable.”

National Rural Electric CooperativeAssociation (NRECA), Jim Matheson, CEO: “I write today on behalf of America’s 900 electric cooperatives in support of efforts to improve the federal environmental review and permitting process. The proposals to modernize the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) contained in H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, represent a significant step in the right direction. As our nation increasingly relies on electricity to power the economy, policymakers should support solutions that modernize NEPA and facilitate coordinated, consistent, and timely agency decision-making. Thank you for your leadership on this important issue.”

National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Michael W. Johnson, President and CEO: “On behalf of the 400 National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA) members, I am writing to share our strong support for H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. NSSGA urges each member of Congress to support this needed act, which will unleash the potential of American energy and roll back permitting challenges, therefore allowing the aggregates industry to continue supplying essential building materials to American communities... If H.R. 1 is passed, lower energy costs will not only significantly help American families, but it will also assist our members by creating more efficient and cheaper means of production. NSSGA is very supportive of efforts to expand domestic energy production, as we continue to take strides to become an energy-independent nation.”

National Taxpayers Union: “The Lower Energy Costs Act would improve the current state of the American energy sector and repair years of misguided energy policy. Since the first day of President Biden’s term in office when he stopped the Keystone XL pipeline through executive action, he has made clear his administration would be disruptive to the energy sector. A stronger American energy sector means a stronger economy. H.R. 1 will remove burdensome and cumbersome red tape that has led to billions of dollars in delays and sent a ripple through our economy with skyrocketing costs. Once enacted, H.R. 1 will reform the permitting process for all energy industries, streamline energy infrastructure and exports, boost domestic energy production, and increase production of critical minerals. For this reason, NTU has named H.R. 1 a top priority for the 118th Congress. H.R. 1 is the energy package Americans and taxpayers need and Congress should act quickly on these reforms. NTU applauds the House leadership for taking action and looks forward to the swift approval of this package.”

National Utility Contractors Association, Doug Carlson, CEO: “The crucial permitting reforms that H.R. 1 proposes will accelerate construction of vital utility infrastructure, and the lower fuel prices these reforms will help bring about will and help our members rebuild America at a price that’s right for the taxpayer and the economy. Congress and the Biden Administration should wholeheartedly support what this bill will achieve in rebuilding American infrastructure, invigorating our nation's economy, and strengthening our national security. NUCA and our members strongly support the Lower Energy Costs Act and urge its passage as soon as possible.”

Natural Gas Supply Association, Dena Wiggins, President and CEO: “NGSA supports the goals of H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, and sees energy infrastructure and permitting reform as essential to unlocking the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas.”

NC SweetPotato Commission, Michelle Grainger, Executive Director: “On behalf of the NC Sweetpotato producers, the North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission fully supports Congressman Rouzer's H.R.1152 - Water Quality Certification and Energy Project Improvement Act of 2023.”

New Mexico Business Coalition, Carla J. Sonntag, President and CEO: “New Mexico Business Coalition represents hundreds of businesses and thousands of New Mexicans who strongly support H.R. 1 Lower Energy Costs Act. As the second largest oil producer in the nation, New Mexico's state budget relies heavily on tax and royalty revenue from our oil and gas industry. Funding for education and other key programs in our state is adversely impacted by overzealous regulations and government red tape that hampers timely approval of extractive industry drilling permits. Likewise, there has been an onslaught of environmental groups filing frivolous lawsuits specifically designed to slow or halt extractive energy operations. The result has been that drilling permit approvals by the Bureau of Land Management have dropped almost in half over the past two years. The Lower Energy Costs Act, among other things, would bring much needed time line requirements to the permitting process and address civil litigation problems, ultimately moving our nation back towards energy independence.”

New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Doug Ackerman, President and CEO: “The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association supports H.R.1, Lower Energy Cost Act, to restore American energy security by increasing domestic production. In order to provide Americans with cleaner, affordable, reliable energy, we must reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and delays with permitting reform which encourages investment in building American infrastructure and strengthens our economy.”

NGVAmerica, Matthew Brownlee, Director, Federal Government Affairs “NGVAmerica is pleased to support HR 1. This important energy package including the permitting reform provisions recognizes the critical need to shore up the nation’s energy network and to provide access to new supplies of energy and minerals. This effort is critical to ensuring that the U.S. has access to energy to power its economy, support allies around the world, and accelerate the use of increasing amounts of renewable energy including renewable natural gas and hydrogen.”

Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, Chris Hoffman, President: “High input costs, such as heating and electric bills, have put a strain on Pennsylvania’s (PA) agriculture producer’s livelihood. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB) recognizes that family farms, which comprise 98 percent of American agriculture, cannot afford to continue to increase their operating costs without increasing their prices. Healthy and fresh food is becoming more expensive at the grocery stores as a result of high input costs, especially in the energy sector. Consumers should not have to compromise for lesser quality of food, if we have the resources available to help America become energy independent. For these reasons, PFB supports H.R.1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, to address producers’ operating costs and rising costs at the grocery store for consumers.”

Permian Basin Petroleum Association, Ben Shepperd, President: “We are very encouraged by the actions of House Majority Leader Scalise, Majority Whip Tom Emmer, Congressman Pfluger and many other co-signers of the Lower Energy Costs Act. This Bill, significantly numbered HR 1, represents sensible, comprehensive energy reform our nation desperately needs.”

Perry Farms Inc., Dustin Perry: “Our County needs to have a more streamlined permitting process. Permitting a project should be open, transparent, and should NOT take months to years to complete! HR-1 is a step in that direction.” 

Plastics Pipe Institute, David Fink, President: “PPI members manufacture the polyethylene piping used in more than 95 percent of gas distribution systems across the country, as well as plastic pipe and conduit used in other infrastructure markets. Congress should enact any project permitting reforms that will help get key infrastructure projects off the ground, and we thank the House Leadership and leaders of these three committees for putting together this important legislation.”

Portland Cement Association, Sean O'Neill, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs: “The Portland Cement Association, which represents the majority of America’s cement manufacturers, supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. Our members are actively reducing the carbon intensity of their operations and products and are focused on improving the energy efficiency of cement plants. For our industry to become more energy efficient and achieve its decarbonization goals, it must have greater access to reliable and affordable energy, as well as more realistic odds of clearing the numerous permitting hurdles cement manufacturers face. The Lower Energy Costs Act is a significant step in that right direction.”

Power and Communication Contractors Association, Ed Campbell, Chair: “America's current permitting and regulatory structure is holding us back. Without significant reforms to the permitting process, including the National Environmental Policy Act, vital projects to strengthen the nation’s electric grid will lag far behind what is needed, including those necessary to support all aspects of an “all of the above” energy policy.” Anticipated future buildouts of renewables projects will require significant expansion and modernization of the electric grid, and current NEPA regulations make that a burdensome and impractical prospect. PCCA supports the many provisions in H.R. 1 which will streamline and speed the process of environmental review in a more efficient and sustainable way while also ensuring that critical projects – including those related to grid expansion and nationwide broadband buildout – are not blocked or significantly delayed without sound justification. PCCA asks Congress to come together in a bipartisan manner to swiftly advance H.R. 1.”

R Street Institute, Philip Rossetti, Resident Senior Fellow, Energy & Environment: “The introduction of H.R. 1 signals that Congress intends to have a serious, impactful discussion about permitting and energy issues that are of growing importance to Americans. At the R Street Institute, we have noted that many of the clean energy priorities of politicians cannot be achieved without permitting reform. Last year, the Senate explored permitting reform but failed to pass legislation. We are encouraged by these renewed efforts and hope this policy debate will result in reforms that improve both energy costs and environmental outcomes for Americans.”

Republican Jewish Coalition, Matt Brooks, Chief Executive Officer: “Jewish Americans strongly support the objective of making our country energy-independent, but Biden administration policies are moving us in the wrong direction. We’re grateful that House Republicans have made legislation that responsibly increases energy production and lowers costs a top priority.”

Shell USA, Inc., Gretchen Watkins, President: “I am writing to congratulate you on the introduction of HR 1 and to offer the support of Shell USA, Inc. to advance permitting reform in this Congress. It is a great encouragement to me and the 12,000 employees and families of Shell USA, Inc. to see Congress work to tackle this critical national security and global energy security challenge. This legislation will be crucial in providing affordable and available energy to millions of Americans, and I urge Congress to find a bipartisan approach to advance this legislation.”

Sentinel Midstream, Jeff Ballard, CEO: “As a developer of energy export infrastructure along the Texas Gulf Coast, Sentinel Midstream LLC supports the Lower Energy Costs Act, which would lower energy costs for ordinary Americans and promote American energy abroad. The federal permitting reforms contained in the act are long overdue and will ensure that government bureaucracy does not impede essential energy infrastructure projects like those being developed by Sentinel.”

Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO: “SBE Council strongly supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, as it effectively addresses the reforms and actions that are needed to ensure our nation has a reliable and an affordable supply of energy. These measures will: streamline rules to promote modern energy infrastructure and exports; responsibly and efficiently increase energy production; serve to increase the production and processing of critical minerals; institute overdue permitting reform; and repeal punitive and costly taxes.”

South32 Hermosa Project, Pat Risner, President: “On behalf of South32, a global metals and mining company with a U.S. presence in Arizona and Alaska, I want to express my support for your efforts to reform the federal permitting process. Systemic inefficiencies in federal permitting processes are working against the nation’s efforts to establish U.S. energy independence. Thank you for your leadership on mineral permitting reform and the timely build-out of domestic supply chains to power the United States. It is an invaluable first step, and our country can benefit from your actions to reform the federal permitting process now.”

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, Will Frierson, Vice President of Government Affairs: “South Carolina businesses rely on an efficient, timely, and consistent regulatory environment without unnecessary red tape or an overburdensome citizen or governmental intervention. H.R. 1 adopts major permitting reforms that will save businesses from facing unnecessary and often costly delays.”

Southern Rock Energy Partners, Steven Ward, Managing Member: “H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act, will begin the process of helping projects, like our proposed $5.6B next-gen refinery, stay within manageable construction and financial parameters by reducing regulatory burdens and streamlining key approval processes. Furthermore, we applaud the efforts of Congressman Bob Latta (OH-5), sponsor of H.R. 1085—the REFINER Act—and Congressman Dan Crenshaw (TX-2), Sponsor of H.R. 1155—Keeping America's Refineries Act—for drawing policymaker’s attention to the importance of having a robust American refining industry. Increasing our U.S. refining capacity will help send the right signals to the market—freeing up needed capital and helping to reduce the cost of fuel to everyday consumers—and to our adversaries around the world that we are serious about our energy and security future.”

St. Cloud Chapter, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Lee Morgan: “We support permitting reform to gain: Predictability; Efficiency; Transparency and Stakeholder Input.”

States Trust, John Hostettler, Vice President of Federal Affairs: “The current administration’s war on affordable energy must come to an end. Families must be able to heat and cool their home and fill up their tank without breaking the bank, and the nations of the world must rely on America for their energy supply, not the other way around. H.R 1 puts America back on the path to energy dominance.”

Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, Jason Modglin, President: “The Texas Alliance of Energy Producers are proud to support H.R. 1! The Alliance greatly appreciates Congress’ willingness to swiftly take concrete steps to enhance domestic -- in particular Texas -- energy production and innovation to power America, lowers costs, and increase our national security.”

The Fertilizer Institute, Corey Rosenbusch, President and CEO: “Mining and permitting reform are vital to the fertilizer industry as potash and phosphate are two of the three essential crop nutrients critical to crop production. Delays are measured in years and in the millions of dollars, with those paying the price being consumers who are already struggling with the rising costs of everyday goods.”

The Surety and Fidelity Association of America, Lee Covington, President and CEO: “SFAA strongly supports H.R. 1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. This bill provides comprehensive permitting reforms essential to the timely delivery and success of critical infrastructure projects by eliminating unnecessary permitting delays. These reforms will help meet the objectives of the Infrastructure and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act and have a positive impact on all Americans for generations to come.”

The Williams Companies, Alan Armstrong, CEO: “Williams endorses the "Lower Energy Costs Act," and we appreciate all your hard work in developing and advancing this critical legislation. We look forward to continuing to collaborate on solutions that make a difference and commend this meaningful step toward enacting bipartisan, durable permitting reform this year.”

Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC): “The 33 national associations and construction trade unions of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) applaud Congress for including improvements to the federal infrastructure permitting process as part of H.R. 1, the “Lower Energy Costs” Act. TCC members are on the front line of rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. To accomplish this, significant changes need to be made to the current project review and approval process. H.R. 1 accomplishes this goal.”

Tulsa Regional Chamber, Mike Neal, President and Chief Executive Officer: “We strongly support efforts to maximize domestic energy security and accelerate federal permitting for projects necessary to achieve energy independence. We support efforts to ensure timely permitting for all federally required approvals, and we encourage coordination and communication with state permitting. We must also remove roadblocks such as: ending the ban on new oil and natural gas exploration on federal lands, restoring cancelled lease sales, and adopting a 5-year plan for oil and gas development that allows the U.S. to maximize offshore potential. These policies will create a boom in the U.S. domestic economy, support job creation, and increase price stability on a global scale.”

U.S. Oil & Gas Association, Tim Stewart, President: “The Lower Energy Costs Act is a shock to the system to a totally calcified regulatory process. More often than not, simply perpetuating the process has become the primary agency mission rather than producing an outcome on behalf of the taxpayer. This has to end - and the US Oil & Gas Association 100% supports the passage of H.R.1.”

Vinyl Institute, Kevin Koonce, VP Government Affairs: “The Vinyl Institute, which represents US vinyl resin manufacturers supports H.R.1, the Lower Energy Costs Act. Our members manufacture the cleanest, most cost-effective PVC resin in the world. PVC resin goes in to into everything from pipes to deliver clean and drinking water to life-saving medical applications. Congress should pass permitting reforms that will allow the US to continue to lead the world in clean, affordable energy production.”

Water and Sewer Distributors of America, Greg Velz, Chair, WASDA Industry Relations Committee: “WASDA supports the many important provisions within HR 1 that streamline and improve the federal permitting process. After years of hard work, critical water and wastewater projects now stand to benefit from significant and much-needed federal investment. Without these necessary reforms, many important projects will not be approved in a timely enough fashion. Furthermore, WASDA supports efforts in the bill to improve the state of the supply chain, and is pleased to see provisions addressing the cost of fuel and critical materials our members need to supply the construction industry. America cannot afford to squander this opportunity, and WASDA hopes that Congress can come together to advance H.R. 1 and meaningful permitting reforms without delay.” 

Weber County Economic Development Department, Stephanie Russell, Director and Government Relations Liaison: “As the Economic Development Director and Government Relations Liaison for Weber County Utah I would like to lend my support for H.R. 1 on behalf of Weber County. Weber County is committed to their vision of creating a 6000+ acres Renewable Energy Hub in the West Weber Development Area. This Act would bolster our efforts to attract advanced manufacturing and renewable energy industries to Northern Utah and the West Weber Development Area in particular.”

Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Scott Manley, Executive Vice President: “Wisconsin businesses strongly support H.R. 1 as a common sense solution to reduce energy costs, and ensure we have access to affordable, reliable, and abundant domestic energy resources in America.”

WV Route 2 / I-68 (ENERGY CORRIDOR) Authority, Bob A. Miller Jr., Executive Director: “The West Virginia Route 2 / I-68 (ENERGY CORRIDOR) Authority supports H.R. 1, The Lower Energy Costs Act, to encourage and allow United States energy and commerce independence and become the dominant energy and manufacturing country in the world. From 2017 thru December of 2020, the Trump White House supported my work toward building the I-68 ENERGY CORRIDOR from I-79 near Morgantown, WV to I-77 near Caldwell, OH, within the Shale Crescent Region of PA, OH, & WV. After 4 White House meetings the Trump White House arranged meetings and support with the US DOT, US DOC, & US DOE. All communications with the Trump White House, US DOT, US DOC, & US DOE were severed after the Biden administration's inauguration in January of 2021. I look forward to enactment of the Lower Energy Cost Act so that we can make America great again. Thank you.”

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Ken Hamilton, EVP: “Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation represents farmers and ranchers throughout the state of Wyoming and one of the most important aspects of agriculture is affordable energy. Another aspect of ranching in Wyoming is dealing with NEPA and important reforms to this process are badly needed.”

Additionally, Americans for Prosperity, National Association of Manufacturers, and Western Energy Alliance led over 100 groups in letters of support for H.R. 1. AFP’s letter was featured by Fox News.

Comprehensive list of stakeholders supporting H.R. 1:
60 Plus Association; Advancing American Freedom; Agricultural Retailers Association; AICC, The Independent Packaging Association; Alaska Chamber; Alaska Support Industry Alliance; Alliance of Wyoming Manufacturers; AMAC Action; America First Policy Institute; America First Works; American Bus Association; American Chemistry Council (ACC); American Cleaning Institute; American Coal Ash Association; American Coke and Coal Chemicals Institute; American Commitment; American Concrete Pavement Association; American Concrete Pipe Association; American Conservation Coalition Action; American Council of Engineering Companies; American Energy Alliance; American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA); American Exploration and Production Council (AXPC); American Farm Bureau Federation; American Forest & Paper Association; American Foundry Society; American Free Enterprise Chamber of Commerce; American Frozen Food Institute; American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; American Iron and Steel Institute; American Petroleum Institute (API); American Pipeline Contractors Association; American Public Gas Association (APGA); American Road & Transportation Builders Association; American Society of Civil Engineers; American Subcontractors Association; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Americans for Prosperity (AFP); Americans for Tax Reform; Ariel Corporation; Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Arizona Manufacturers Council; Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas; Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association; Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association; Associated Builders and Contractors; Associated Equipment Distributors; Associated General Contractors of America; Associated Industries of Florida; Associated Industries of Missouri; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Association of Washington Business; Baker Hughes; Bennett Osmonson Farm; Better In Our Back Yard; Business & Industry Association of New Hampshire; Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE); Business Roundtable; Caesar Rodney Institute; California Manufacturers & Technology Association; Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce; Carolinas Natural Gas Coalition; CBIA; Center for Energy & Environment; Center for Energy and Conservation (CEC) at Independent Women’s Forum; Center for Food, Power, and Life at the John Locke Foundation; Center for LNG; Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE); Center of the American Experiment; Chesapeake Utilities Corporation; Chevron; Citizens for Responsible Energy Solutions (CRES); Clay County Farm Bureau; ClearPath Action; Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow (CFACT)-University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus; Colorado Alliance of Mineral and Royalty Owners; Colorado Chamber of Commerce; Colorado Oil & Gas Association; Competitive Enterprise Institute; Composite Panel Association; Concerned Veterans for America; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; Conservative Energy Network; ConocoPhillips; Conservatives for Property Rights; Consumer Energy Alliance; Consumer Technology Association Council of Industry (NY); Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation; Council for Citizens Against Government Waste; Council of Industrial Boiler Owners (CIBO); Dairyland Power Cooperative; Diamondback Energy; Distribution Contractors Association; Domestic Energy Producers Alliance; Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce; Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA); EnerGeo Alliance; Energy & Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal); Energy Equipment & Infrastructure Alliance; Energy Workforce & Technology Council; Essential Minerals Association; ExxonMobil; Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce; Federated Rural Electric & Broadband; FreedomWorks; General Motors; Georgia Association of Manufacturing; GPA Midstream Association; GPSA Association; Graphic Media Alliance, Inc.; Greater Houston Partnership; Greater Lafourche Port Commission; Greater North Dakota Chamber; Heritage Action; Household & Commercial Products Association; Idaho Association of Commerce and Industry; Illinois Manufacturers’ Association; INDA, The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry; Independent Lubricant Manufacturers Association; Independent Petroleum Assn of New Mexico; Independent Petroleum Association of America; Independent Women's Voice; Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce; Indiana Manufacturers Association; Industrial Truck Association; Institute of Makers of Explosives; International Association of Bridge, Structural, Ornamental and Reinforcing Iron Workers; International Association of Drilling Contractors; International Sign Association; International Slurry Surfacing Association; International Union of Operating Engineers; Interstate Natural Gas Association of America (INGAA); Iowa Association of Business and Industry; Job Creators Network; Jobs for Minnesotans; Kane County Commission, Utah; Kansas Chamber and the Kansas Manufacturing Council; Kansas Independent Oil & Gas Association; Kentucky Oil and Gas Association; Kirkwood Oil & Gas LLC; Laborers-Employers Cooperation and Education Trust; Laborers’ International Union of North America; Liquid Energy Pipeline Association; LNG Allies, The USLNG Association; Louisiana Association of Business and Industry; Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association (LMOGA); Maine State Chamber of Commerce; ManufactureCT; Manufacturers Association of Central New York, Inc. (MACNY); Marcellus Shale Coalition; Marshall Area Chamber of Commerce; Maryland Farm Bureau; Mechanical Contractors Association of America; Metals Service Center Institute; Michigan Manufacturers Association; MiningMinnesota; Minnesota Agri-Growth Council; Minnesota Chamber of Commerce; Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum; Minnesota Farm Bureau; Minnesota Petroleum Marketers Association; Minnesota Rural Electric Association; Minnesota Service Station & Convenience Store Association; Mississippi Manufacturers Association; Montana Petroleum Association; Mower County Farm Bureau; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Association of Home Builders; National Association of Manufacturers; National Association of Surety Bond Producers; National Electrical Contractors Association; National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB); National Mining Association; National Ocean Industries Association; National Precast Concrete Association; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Roofing Contractors Association; National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA); National Steel Bridge Alliance; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; National Taxpayers Union; National Tooling and Machining Association; National Utility Contractors Association; National Waste & Recycling Association; Natural Gas Supply Association; NC Chamber; NC SweetPotato Commission; Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Nevada Manufacturers Association; New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA); New Mexico Business Coalition; New Mexico Oil and Gas Association; Next Generation Manufacturing; NGVAmerica; Non-Ferrous Founders' Society; North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers (NAFEM); North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA); North Dakota Petroleum Council; Northeast PA Manufacturers & Employers Association; Ohio Oil & Gas Association; Oregon Business & Industry; Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Assn; Pennsylvania Farm Bureau; Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association; Permian Basin Petroleum Association; Perry Farms Inc.; Petroleum Association of Wyoming; Plastics Pipe Institute; Portland Cement Association; Power and Communication Contractors Association; Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute; Precision Metalforming Association (PMA); Project 21 Black Leadership Network; R Street Institute; Republican Jewish Coalition; Resolute Protector Foundation; Rhode Island Manufacturers Association; Rio Grande Foundation; Roughrider Policy Center; Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP); Sentinel Midstream; Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council; Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA); South Carolina Chamber of Commerce; South Dakota Chamber of Commerce; South32 Hermosa Project; Southeast Oil and Gas Association; Southern Rock Energy Partners; Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Texas Alliance of Energy Producers; Texas Association of Business; Texas Independent Producers & Royalty Owners Association; Texas Public Policy Foundation; The Aluminum Association; The American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers; The Conservative Caucus; The Energy Council; The Enterprise Supporting Climate Science; The Fertilizer Institute; The Hardwood Federation; The Heartland Institute; The LIBRE Initiative; The Mackinac Center for Public Policy; The Ohio Manufacturer’s Association; The Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma; The Road Information Program; The State Chamber of Oklahoma; The Surety and Fidelity Association of America; The Williams Companies; Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC); Tulsa Regional Chamber; U.S. Chamber of Commerce; U.S. Oil & Gas Association; United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America; Utah Manufacturers Association; Utah Petroleum Council; Valley Industrial Association (IL); Vinyl Institute; Virginia Chamber of Commerce; Wasatch County Council; Water and Sewer Distributors of America; Weber County Economic Development Department; West Virginia Manufacturers Association; Western Energy Alliance; Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC); Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce; WV Route 2 / I-68 (ENERGY CORRIDOR) Authority; Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation