WASHINGTON, D.C.— House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) released the following statement regarding Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s announcement that the Department is proposing the largest oil and gas lease scheduled for March of 2018 of 76,967,935 acres in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including offshore Louisiana:

“President Trump has stated that he wants our country to exert ‘energy dominance’ throughout the world, and this lease sale is another bold step in that direction. I applaud today’s announcement by Secretary Ryan Zinke to offer the largest offshore oil and gas lease sale in U.S. history. My constituents in Southeast Louisiana will be leading the way in this exploration and development that will create good jobs and kickstart more economic growth. This strong action helps us continue fighting for the responsible development of our natural resources that bring critical dollars to restore our coast.”