The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill on
Wednesday, June 7, designed to make it easier for oil companies to build or
The bill, HR5254 – also known as the Refinery Permit Process
Schedule Act – calls for the creation of a federal coordinator to oversee the
coordination and approval of refinery authorizations.
The bill failed to gain approval in the House in early May
when it attempted to pass under the suspension of rules provision. Under that
provision, a bill requires a two-thirds majority to be approved. While the bill
did receive a majority, it did not receive two-thirds and was therefore not
The bill is now under consideration in the Senate, where The
Associated Press reported its future may be uncertain. A similar bill
failed to get out of the Senate in 2005 and was strongly opposed by both
Republicans and Democrats, according to The AP.