The House approved, 253-170, July 25 a plan (H.R. 6082) to replace the Obama administration’s proposed five-year (2012-2017) offshore oil and gas drilling strategy with a much larger lease-sale schedule. The bill would authorize 29 offshore lease sales over the next five years, compared with 15 lease sales in the Department of Interior’s plan; the additional 14 lease sales would be consolidated into a single multisale environmental impact statement. The House measure is not likely to be taken up by the Senate, and the House issued a veto threat July 23.