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117th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 76

    To prohibit the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and 
 permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other 
                               purposes.


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                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                            January 28, 2021

Ms. Lummis (for herself, Mr. Barrasso, Mrs. Blackburn, Mrs. Capito, Mr. 
 Cassidy, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Crapo, Mr. Cruz, Mr. 
Daines, Mr. Hoeven, Mrs. Hyde-Smith, Mr. Inhofe, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Lee, 
 Mr. Marshall, Mr. Toomey, Mr. Tuberville, Mr. Risch, Mr. Romney, Mr. 
  Wicker, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Sullivan, Mr. Scott of South 
 Carolina, and Mr. Lankford) introduced the following bill; which was 
    read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural 
                               Resources

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                                 A BILL


 
    To prohibit the President from issuing moratoria on leasing and 
 permitting energy and minerals on certain Federal land, and for other 
                               purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Protecting Our Wealth of Energy 
Resources Act of 2021'' or the ``POWER Act of 2021''.

SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON MORATORIA OF NEW ENERGY LEASES ON CERTAIN 
              FEDERAL LAND AND ON WITHDRAWAL OF FEDERAL LAND FROM 
              ENERGY DEVELOPMENT.

    (a) Definitions.--In this section:
            (1) Critical mineral.--The term ``critical mineral'' means 
        any mineral included on the list of critical minerals published 
        in the notice of the Secretary of the Interior entitled ``Final 
        List of Critical Minerals 2018'' (83 Fed. Reg. 23295 (May 18, 
        2018)).
            (2) Federal land.--
                    (A) In general.--The term ``Federal land'' means--
                            (i) National Forest System land;
                            (ii) public lands (as defined in section 
                        103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management 
                        Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702));
                            (iii) the outer Continental Shelf (as 
                        defined in section 2 of the Outer Continental 
                        Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331)); and
                            (iv) land managed by the Secretary of 
                        Energy.
                    (B) Inclusion.--The term ``Federal land'' includes 
                land described in clauses (i) through (iv) of 
                subparagraph (A) for which the rights to the surface 
                estate or subsurface estate are owned by a non-Federal 
                entity.
            (3) President.--The term ``President'' means the President 
        or any designee, including--
                    (A) the Secretary of Agriculture;
                    (B) the Secretary of Energy; and
                    (C) the Secretary of the Interior.
    (b) Prohibitions.--
            (1) In general.--Notwithstanding any other provision of 
        law, the President shall not carry out any action that would 
        prohibit or substantially delay the issuance of any of the 
        following on Federal land, unless such an action has been 
        authorized by an Act of Congress:
                    (A) New oil and gas leases, permits, approvals, or 
                authorizations.
                    (B) New coal leases, permits, approvals, or 
                authorizations.
                    (C) New hard rock leases, permits, approvals, or 
                authorizations.
                    (D) New critical minerals leases, permits, 
                approvals, or authorizations.
            (2) Prohibition on withdrawal.--Notwithstanding any other 
        provision of law, the President shall not withdraw any Federal 
        land from forms of entry, appropriation, or disposal under the 
        public land laws, location, entry, and patent under the mining 
        laws, or disposition under laws pertaining to mineral and 
        geothermal leasing or mineral materials unless the withdrawal 
        has been authorized by an Act of Congress.
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