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house Bill H.R. 538

Speeding up Energy Initiatives on Native American Lands

Argument in favor

Removing restrictions on energy development will lead to more lucrative projects in the U.S. and thus boost the economy and livelihood of tribal groups, who have the right to lease and profit off their own land.

USAFCCF's Opinion
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10/10/2015
Let the tribes decide without interference from the Feds. We've interfered enough with the tribes
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/18/2015
If we have ultimate vote over alleged native lands then how can they actually be native lands? Are they serfs, like the rest of us?
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John's Opinion
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07/03/2015
Yes Yes Yes. Reduce red tape and regulations whenever possible.
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Argument opposed

The country should be focusing on renewable energy, not energy sources that will destroy the environment. In the long-term, this bill makes it easier to drill and harder to enforce renewable energy practices.

Chris's Opinion
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07/21/2015
It is their land and not ours to impede on or impose our desires to obtain energy sources that belong to them. We need to stop screwing over the native Americans
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Alexander's Opinion
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10/05/2015
No we shouldn't pass any bill that encourages even more oil drilling, it only harms the environment and greatly endangers future generations, we need to think about what's going to happen to our great grandchildren, and it may employ some people, but there's no point in making a profit of there isn't a world to spend it in
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KN's Opinion
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10/05/2015
I have this funny feeling that this is not only the Native American's plan to tap into these reserves. I bet some energy companies have a hand in this too. America needs to move on to a better source of energy. We may be getting there slowly, but a profitable business may come about when we do.
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bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed October 8th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 254 Yea / 173 Nay
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 26th, 2015

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Bill Activity

  • action
    Introduced in House
  • referral
    Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.
  • referral
    Referred to the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • action
    Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
  • calendar
    Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 23 - 12.
  • action
    Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs Discharged.
  • action
    Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources Discharged.
  • action
    Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 114-276.
  • calendar
    Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 208.
  • action
    Rules Committee Resolution H. Res. 466 Reported to House. For H.R. 538, resolution provides for one hour of debate, makes specified amendments in order and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. For H.R. 702, resolution provides for one hour of debate, makes specified amendments in order and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions.
  • action
    Considered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 466.
  • action
    For H.R. 538, resolution provides for one hour of debate, makes specified amendments in order and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions. For H.R. 702, resolution provides for one hour of debate, makes specified amendments in order and allows one motion to recommit, with or without instructions.
  • action
    House resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 466 and Rule XVIII.
  • action
    The Speaker designated the Honorable David Rouzer to act as Chairman of the Committee.
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    GENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 538.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 466, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Young (AK) Part A amendment no. 1.
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    DEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 466, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Lujan Grisham (NM) Part A amendment no. 2.
  • action
    The House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 538.
  • action
    The House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
  • action
    Mr. Lujan, Ben Ray (NM) moved to recommit with instructions to the Committee on Natural Resources.
  • action
    Floor summary: DEBATE - The House proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Ben Ray Lujan (NM) motion to recommit with instructions. The instructions in the motion seek to report the same back to the House forthwith with an amendment to ensure that nothing in the underlying legislation will infringe on the authority of the President to protect any sacred or ceremonial Native American tribal site.
  • action
    The previous question on the motion to recommit with instructions was ordered without objection.
  • action
    On motion to recommit with instructions Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 184 - 239 (Roll no. 543).
  • vote
    On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 254 - 173 (Roll no. 544).
  • action
    Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
  • referral
    Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs.

bill Progress


  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Indian Affairs
  • The house Passed October 8th, 2015
    Roll Call Vote 254 Yea / 173 Nay
      house Committees
      Indigenous Peoples of the United States
      Committee on Natural Resources
      Energy and Mineral Resources
    IntroducedJanuary 26th, 2015

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    Let the tribes decide without interference from the Feds. We've interfered enough with the tribes
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    It is their land and not ours to impede on or impose our desires to obtain energy sources that belong to them. We need to stop screwing over the native Americans
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    No we shouldn't pass any bill that encourages even more oil drilling, it only harms the environment and greatly endangers future generations, we need to think about what's going to happen to our great grandchildren, and it may employ some people, but there's no point in making a profit of there isn't a world to spend it in
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    I have this funny feeling that this is not only the Native American's plan to tap into these reserves. I bet some energy companies have a hand in this too. America needs to move on to a better source of energy. We may be getting there slowly, but a profitable business may come about when we do.
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    While Native Americans have control of their land, destructive (mis)management of their resources should not be tolerated. Additionally, when it comes to non-renewable fossil fuels or nuclear fuel (allowed by this legislation), more scrutiny -- and perhaps more regulations -- is needed, not less. Finally, requiring the project be addressed in 30 days does not allow proper time to verify the particulars of the project.
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    If we have ultimate vote over alleged native lands then how can they actually be native lands? Are they serfs, like the rest of us?
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    Yes Yes Yes. Reduce red tape and regulations whenever possible.
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    I'm all for helping out the native peoples we have displaced but this is a pretty clear gift to oil companies and just slows down the progress on moving to renewable energy sources. If the GOP accepted the reality of climate change, you wouldn't see this bill even suggested.
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    We need to focus more on establishing renewable resources while the ones we have are still working out for us.
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    Now that they can afford it, our Native Nations want us to Keep It In the Ground.
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    Regulation is there for a reason; to make sure people and places are protected. To add to that, we need to 'Keep It In The Ground'.
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    With the stipulation that Native Indians benefit from such initiatives.
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    Leave native land alone.
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    Renewal energy. Just my opinion
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    No focus on renewable energy
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    We have to stop encroaching on Native people's land! So NO! DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!
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    The environment is more important than profits.
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    Focus on renewable energy, stop trying to get a non-renewable energy
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    There should be one direction for energy development....... Renewable !!!!!!!
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    Just another example of trying to take undue advantage of Indians.
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