4:29 PM EST

Bill Flores, R-TX 17th

Mr. FLORES. I thank the gentleman for accepting the amendment, and I yield back the balance of my time.

The Acting CHAIR. The question is on the amendment offered by the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Flores).

The amendment was agreed to.

AMENDMENT NO. 3 OFFERED BY MR.

REED

The Acting CHAIR. It is now in order to consider amendment No. 3 printed in part B of House Report 113-271.

4:30 PM EST

Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-TX 18th

Ms. JACKSON LEE. Mr. Chair, in just a second, I will yield to the distinguished chairman.

Just in a sentence, the Jackson Lee amendment is simple and will provide for an annual review of any and all hydraulic fracturing activity, as well as a report to be submitted to Congress.

I now yield to the gentleman from Washington, Chairman Hastings, for the purpose of entertaining a question.

4:30 PM EST

Doc Hastings, R-WA 4th

Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I thank the gentlelady for her amendment and for yielding to me for the purpose of entering into a colloquy.

Mr. Chairman, I would ask my friend from Texas, the text of the gentlelady's amendment requires the Secretary of the Interior to conduct an annual review of all State hydraulic fracturing activity. My concern is that this provision appears to be very broad.

I would be delighted to work with the gentlelady, as this bill works its way through the legislative process, to consider some additional conditions to ensure that the broad review is targeted at those areas subject to the jurisdiction of the committee and results in a report to Congress that is meaningful and productive.

To that end, would the gentlelady be willing to work with me to clarify that her amendment is intended to apply to State permitting of hydraulic fracturing on Federal lands?

4:31 PM EST

Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-TX 18th

Ms. JACKSON LEE. Reclaiming my time, I thank the chairman for working with me on this matter. I appreciate his willingness to work with me.

I want to achieve what the ultimate intent was, and that is, to have this amendment pertain to Federal lands. My response is that I do not object to a modification of the amendment to make clear that the review and report required of the Secretary should be limited to State permitting of hydraulic fracturing on Federal lands, which will, in fact, provide this Congress with [Page: H7294]

the necessary information on these processes.

I yield to the chairman.

4:32 PM EST

Doc Hastings, R-WA 4th

Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. With the clarification that the gentlelady will work with me, that this is subject to Federal lands, with the clarification that the review and report required of the Secretary should be limited to State permitting of hydraulic fracturing on Federal lands, I am willing to accept the gentlelady's amendment. I thank her for her work on that.

I yield back to the gentlelady.