House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement praising the House for passing two pieces of American Energy Initiative legislation this week – the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act (H.R. 1229) and the Reversing President Obama’s Offshore Moratorium Act (H.R. 1231) – each designed to address rising gas prices and create new American jobs:
“This week, the House took another two steps in our effort to expand American energy production to help lower gas prices and create new jobs. These bills – part of our ongoing American Energy Initiative – will end the Obama Administration’s de facto moratorium on offshore energy production, help put thousands of Americans back to work, and reduce our dependence on foreign energy.
“On the other side of the Capitol, Senate Democrats debated a tax hike backed by the White House that some in their own party admit ‘won’t lower gasoline prices by one penny.’ Republicans are focused on solutions that create a better environment for private-sector job growth and provide much-needed relief to families and small businesses struggling with high prices at the gas pump. Raising taxes and imposing new barriers to job growth will do neither; increasing the supply of American energy and stopping policies that drive up prices will.”
NOTE: Last week, the House passed the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act (H.R. 1230) to help address soaring gas prices and create new jobs by moving forward on energy projects the Obama Administration has either delayed or canceled. And in April, the House approved the Energy Tax Prevention Act (H.R. 910), Pledge to America legislation aimed at stopping the EPA from unilaterally imposing a job-crushing “cap and trade” national energy tax.
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