The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved two energy bills on July 17. H.R. 1582, the Energy Consumers Relief Act, was approved 25-18; the legislation would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from finalizing rules expected to cost more than $1 billion should the Department of Energy find the regulation would hurt the economy. H.R. 1900, the Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act, was approved 28-14. The bill would require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to either approve or deny a natural gas pipeline permit within 12 months after a completed permit application is received. The House will consider the bills before the August recess.