Fitzpatrick, House Pass Offshore Drilling Bill

Fitzpatrick, House Pass Offshore Drilling Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (PA-8) voted Thursday to approve an agreement between the United States and Mexico on oil and gas development in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act [HR 1613] would enact the terms of an agreement decided on by the Obama Administration and Mexico governing how to explore, develop, and share revenue from oil and natural gas resources along the maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico. 

“Today’s vote enables the United States to tap into unused energy resources to create new American jobs and grow the economy, “said Fitzpatrick. “By taking advantage of the international agreement’s we’ve already signed, we’re taking steps to position our nation on a more certain energy future- one that utilizes all resources.”

Friday, Congress will vote on the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act [H.R. 2231] which removes current federal barriers to offshore drilling and production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources. The legislation would also resume the lease and sales of oil and natural gas previously halted by the Administration while creating a revenue sharing program for all coastal states.

“Expanding our offshore energy exploration efforts not only puts us on a path toward long term energy independence, but also would put Americans back to work with an expected million new jobs, lower energy prices, grow our struggling economy and strengthen our national security,” added Fitzpatrick. “Common sense legislation like these bills show American’s that Washington is getting out of the way of energy independence and doing all we can to create a new, ‘all-of-the-above’ American energy plan.”


Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick is serving his third term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents Pennsylvania’s 8th district which includes all of Bucks County as well as a portion of Montgomery County. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.