Today in the House: HEAT Bill Removes Government Barriers to Jobs & Energy
With families and small businesses still struggling under high unemployment, stagnant wages, and rising prices, the House will begin consideration today of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 4480). This is the latest in a series of House-passed jobs bills that remove government barriers to economic growth and stop policies that are driving up prices. Click here for a summary of the bill’s provisions.
This American Energy Initiative legislation was crafted by several members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), including Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) (the lead sponsor), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO), Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO), and Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY). And it reflects Republicans’ “all of the above” energy strategy.
Energy & Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) says it “will help create good-paying, American jobs by embracing our nation’s rich energy resources.”
Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) says, “These bipartisan bills remove government barriers to American onshore energy production in order to create jobs and make America more energy secure.”
Energy production on federal land has plummeted under President Obama. As energy prices have steadily risen, the Obama administration has locked up, blocked, and rejected efforts – including the popular Keystone XL energy pipeline – to expand energy production and create new jobs.
In an op-ed for Human Events highlighting the American energy and jobs boom in North Dakota, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) says the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act “gets Americans working today,” and is “a serious approach that invests in all types of energy.”