Hoeven Joins Colleagues Demanding Biden Administration End Its War on U.S. Oil & Gas

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven joined Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) in demanding the Biden administration end its war against domestic oil and gas production and continue to sell oil and gas leases on federal land and water. This effort comes in response to the U.S. Department of the Interior’s draft proposal for the Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program, in which the department expressed interest in canceling future lease sales for the next five years. Today’s letter comes as the latest of Hoeven’s multiple efforts to get the Biden administration to take the handcuffs off domestic energy production and press for regulatory relief to lower energy prices and bring down inflation. 

“American families are struggling to keep up with rising costs due to inflation, high energy prices, and persistent supply chain issues,” wrote the senators. “It is our obligation to do everything within our power to help ease these burdens and remove this uncertainty for both Americans and our allies. One of the most effective ways we can do this is to increase future domestic oil and natural gas production through long-term leasing certainty. The Department can help domestic energy production and put American energy consumers first.”

In addition to Hoeven and Cassidy, the letter was signed by Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Jim Risch (R-ID), Roger Wicker (R-MS), John Cornyn (R-TX), John Kennedy (R-LA), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Steve Daines (R-MT), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Mike Braun (R-IN), James Lankford (R-OK), Roger Marshall (R-KS), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Mike Crapo (R-ID), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).

Click here for the full text of the letter.