Reports The Hill:
These include bills calling for expedited consideration of permits to drill in the Gulf of Mexico and ending what Republicans say is a moratorium on new offshore drilling, as well as bills limiting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations.
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) said Hatch's bill would be titled the West Act, and would combine all of these bills, which Republicans say would expand energy production, reduce federal authority over government-owned lands in the western part of the country and create jobs.
"He's going to lump them together and push them out," Pearce said Tuesday evening on the House floor. A spokeswoman for Hatch confirmed late Tuesday that Hatch would likely introduce the bill on Wednesday.