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House GOP to hit Obama energy agenda with trio of bills

House Republicans will take shots at the Obama administration's energy policies this week when a handful of bills come to the floor for votes.

The bills, which range from removing barriers to approve new natural gas pipelines to handcuffing proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, come on the heels of President Obama touting that U.S. oil production last month outpaced imports for the first time since 1995.

"That’s a big deal. That’s a tremendous step towards American energy independence," Obama said in his weekly address, adding that more fuel-efficient vehicles and the expansion of renewable energy contributed to taming energy consumption.

But Republicans say the oil and gas industry's recent domestic success has occurred despite Obama's policies. The bills the House is scheduled to consider this week would take aim at them by, among other things, handcuffing the administration's ability to regulate oil and gas production on federal lands.

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