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House backs GOP bill to boost energy production

Thursday - 6/21/2012, 3:01pm  ET

By MATTHEW DALY
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The House approved a bill Thursday aimed at expanding domestic oil drilling and reining in what Republicans call excessive regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency.

It's the second energy or environment-related measure approved this week by the GOP-controlled House. Both bills are expected to die in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

The bill approved Thursday would require analysis of regulations that critics say could drive up gas prices and would block the release of oil from a strategic reserve unless it's matched by a boost in domestic oil production.

The measure passed on a 248-163 vote.

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto the bill, saying it would "undermine the nation's energy security," roll back policies that support responsible energy production and impede progress on important clean-air rules.


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