TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world’s largest business federation representing
the interests of more than three million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as
state and local chambers and industry associations, and dedicated to promoting, protecting,
and defending America’s free enterprise system, strongly supports H.R. 3301, the “North
American Energy Infrastructure Act,” which would reform the regulatory process for approving
certain energy infrastructure projects that cross U.S. borders in North America.
H.R. 3301 would streamline the approval process for the construction, connection,
operation, or maintenance of oil pipelines and electric transmission lines at the national boundary
of the United States for the import or export of oil or the transmission of electricity to or from
Canada or Mexico. For example, the legislation would:
-Consolidate and standardize the cross-border approval process for certain energy
infrastructure projects by replacing and superseding the current processes that have been
created through multiple Executive Orders;
-Instruct that all applications for cross-border oil pipelines be handled by the Department
of State, and cross-border electric transmission lines by the Department of Energy; and
-Require agencies to approve cross-border applications within 120 days after final action
is taken under the National Environmental Policy Act, unless they determine that the
project is not in the public interest of the United States.
H.R. 3301 would be an important step in reforming this country’s broken federal
regulatory process, in order to create jobs and strengthen the economy. The Chamber strongly
supports H.R. 3301 and may consider votes on, or in relation to, H.R. 3301 in our annual
How They Voted scorecard.