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Hyde-Smith introduces the Domestic Energy Crisis Relief Act

By: Anne Summerhays - December 9, 2021

Senator Hyde-Smith

This measure aimed to tap American energy in order to improve economy, national security

Today, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) introduced the Domestic Energy Crisis Relief Act. This legislation identifies a series of requirements to be taken by the administration to facilitate energy production, create American jobs, strengthen national security, and support energy-producing states like Mississippi.

“The Biden administration likes to toss around throwaway terms like ‘global markets’ and ‘supply and demand’ to dismiss the higher energy prices being paid by Americans today.  These platitudes ignore the fact the administration’s energy policies are doing more harm than good,” said Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith.

The summary of the legislation states that the Federal Government should implement policies to lower energy prices for American families and to ensure the resiliency and energy independence of the United States.

To do this, it says that there must be revision of the regulatory agenda and legislative priorities of the Biden Administration that relate to domestic oil and gas development such as:

  1. Supporting the development of additional oil and gas pipelines to the United States, such as the Keystone XL Pipeline
  2. Following Federal law and the intent of Congress by imposing sanctions on Nord Stream 2 AG and all individuals and entities involved in the planning, construction, or operation of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline
  3. Withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement
  4. Complying with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.)
  5. Revising section 208 of Executive Order 14008 (86 Fed. Reg. 7624 (February 1, 2021); (relating to tackling the climate crisis at home and abroad) to allow oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and other offshore and onshore Federal areas.

“I’ve written this bill to restore confidence in using American energy resources, including oil and gas, to help restore the economy, boost job creation, and make the United States less dependent on foreign powers that aren’t necessarily our friends,” Hyde-Smith said.

Read a summary of the legislation here.

Access a copy of the legislation here.

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: