During a hearing before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources April 26, industry witnesses said that a package of six House Republican energy bills would hasten economic development and create thousands of jobs by streamlining an inefficient permitting process for new energy projects. The hearing was scheduled to consider the Planning for American Energy Act (H.R. 4381), the Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act (H.R. 4382), the Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act (H.R. 4383), the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act (H.R. 4402), legislation that would reduce the royalty rate on soda ash (H.R. 1192), and a measure (H.R. 2176) that would dedicate a portion of right-of-way fees from wind and solar projects to defray the costs of processing new applications.