On April 16 and 17, the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power and the full Energy and Commerce Committee voted to approve H.R. 3, the Northern Route Approval Act. The legislation would expedite judicial review of the Keystone XL pipeline and would remove the requirement of a presidential permit for pipeline, saying the State Department analysis and environmental review is adequate for approval. On April 16, the Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved the bill by a vote of 17-9; the Republicans on the subcommittee were joined by Rep. John Barrow (D-GA) Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) in support of the bill. On April 17, the House Energy and Commerce full committee voted to send the bill to the floor by a vote of 30-18. Rep. John Barrow (D-GA), Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), Rep. Gene Green (D-TX), and Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT) joined the Republicans in support of the bill. A floor vote is expected to be scheduled in May. Republicans on the committee have said they do not anticipate the Senate to consider the bill.