The US House of Representatives passed an amendment to legislation that would end the Trump-era moratorium on offshore energy development in the Atlantic Ocean off the coasts of the southeast states of North and South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

House bill 7900, the National Defence Authorisation Act of 2023, passed on Thursday, would: “Restore[s] the Department of Interior's authority to hold offshore wind lease sales in federal waters off the coasts of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, while leaving the leasing moratorium in place in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico at the request of the Department of Defense.”