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Congress votes to streamline getting a permit for a gas or oil pipeline

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Congress is taking action to streamline the process for obtaining a permit for energy infrastructure, including oil and gas pipelines. A glance at votes on Capitol Hill for the week of July 17-21:

The House passed a bill intended to simplify the process of permitting natural gas pipelines. It is intended to encourage streamlining the review process by state and federal agencies.

House passed 248 to 179

Tennessee

Yes Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

Congress also passed a bill to replace the presidential permit requirement for oil and natural gas pipelines and electric transmission facilities that cross the U.S. border between Canada or Mexico. Under the bill, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission would issue certificates for oil and gas pipelines that cross the border, while the secretary of the Department of Energy would issue them for electric transmission facilities.

House passed 254 to 175

Tennessee

Yes Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

In addition, a strong majority of Congress voted for a bill intended to help modernize and advance energy infrastructure. This measure would streamline and accelerate the permitting of hydroelectric generation within existing pipelines, canals, and conduits.

House passed 420 to 2

Tennessee

Yes Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

Also approved in the House, a bill to delay the compliance date for Obama-era ground level ozone standards. The measure represents a victory for Republicans who say the standards set in late 2015 by the Obama administration were too economically burdensome for states to meet. The bill also could give EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt more time to change the standards after the agency already delayed by a year an initial step in the process to identify areas that don't meet the requirements.

House passed 229 to 199

Tennessee

Yes Rep. Phil Roe, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-VA

The Senate confirmed the nomination of Patrick M. Shanahan of Washington as Deputy Secretary of Defense.

Senate confirmed 92 to 7

Tennessee

Yes Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-TN

Yes Sen. Bob Corker, R-TN

Virginia

Yes Sen. Timothy Kaine, D-VA

Yes Sen. Mark Warner, D-VA

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