Summary of Amendments Submitted to the Rules Committee for H.R. 1230 - Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act

Summaries Derived from Information Provided by Sponsors

Bishop, Tim (NY)




Adds a section at the end of the bill that would designate surplus revenue toward deficit reduction.

Castor (FL)






Would establish within the Department of Treasury a special fund for the collection of at least 80% of Clean Water Act fines and penalties related to the BP Gulf Spill.

Connolly (VA)




Late Would close tax loopholes for oil companies and use that money to offer gas price relief to American consumers.

Connolly (VA), Moran, James (VA), Sarbanes (MD)


Late Would ensure that Lease Sale 220 does not interfere with Naval or other DOD operations.



Garamendi, John






Clarifies that U.S. immigration laws apply to facilities on the OCS, and add an `intention of Congress' section stating that energy development activities on the OCS should support domestic manufacturing sector and jobs.

Hastings, Alcee (FL)




Would require the Governor of each State potentially affected by an oil spill to specifically consent to the relevant Lease Sale before drilling and exploration activities can commence.

Holt (NJ)






Would prohibit lease sales authorized by the bill unless the Secretary of the Interior is able to obtain certain unbiased data and analysis on oil resources and markets from the independent Energy Information Administration.

Holt (NJ)






Would remove provisions in the bill that would “deem” the safety and environmental review done in 2007, prior to the BP spill, sufficient for new offshore oil and gas leasing. The amendment would allow lease sales to go forward, but require new environmental and safety reviews, following the BP spill.

Markey, Edward (MA)



Revised Would require that companies bidding on new leases pursuant to H.R. 1230 first renegotiate any royalty-free leases they own.



McGovern (MA), Welch (VT), Blumenauer (OR)



Would reduce the federal deficit by $40 billion by eliminating subsidies to oil companies.

Miller, George (CA)






Would prohibit leases from being awarded to any company that has not met its obligations under the Oil Pollution Act, or that has a significant history of worker fatalities or violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Clean Water Act, or Clean Air Act.



Murphy, Christopher (CT)




Would direct a portion of the royalties generated by the bill’s lease sales to fully-fund the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

Pingree (ME)






Would recover the cost of conducting the environmental impact statements for the oil and gas leases subject to this act and uses the proceeds from the fee to fund the gathering of baseline environmental data necessary for the permitting process. Sunsets after 5 years.



Sarbanes (MD), Holt (NJ)




Would eliminate language requiring oil and gas lease sales on the outer continental shelf off the coast of Virginia near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tonko (NY)




Would rename the bill to "Big Oil Handouts at Taxpayers Expense Act"