GOP Leaders Call on Democrats to Include American Energy in Energy' Bill, Urge Presidential Veto Otherwise
House Republican Leader John Boehner (R-OH), Republic Whip Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Conference Chair Adam Putnam (R-FL) issued the following statement today calling on the President to veto energy legislation from House Democratic leaders should it reach his desk in its current form without any new American energy to help middle-class families:
"We believe a truly bipartisan approach is necessary to craft a comprehensive energy plan that increases the supply of American-made energy, grows our economy, and lowers prices for consumers. In their present form, the legislative proposals supported by Democratic leaders do nothing but create more roadblocks to energy exploration and production in America, and that's unacceptable to the American people. This is not a new direction. It's the wrong direction, and it will send good jobs, competitive advantages, and huge capital investments in affordable energy production where they are wanted - overseas.
"Republicans have a message for House Democratic leaders: American consumers want to keep these economic strengths where they belong - right here at home. Should they insist on energy legislation that contains no new American energy, we will ask the President to veto it, and we will commit to upholding his veto until it does. This issue is too important for our economy to let this opportunity pass without moving legislation that makes a real difference on behalf of the American people and strengthens our economy. In short, Congress can and must create affordable energy for Americans
"Although it is by no means complete or aggressive enough to provide adequate relief for our consumers, the energy blueprint unveiled by the Democrats' Blue Dog Coalition yesterday appears to be a step in the right direction. As such, we urge the Speaker to empower the Blue Dog Coalition to lead the majority's efforts to craft a truly comprehensive energy plan that increases American-made energy and renewable fuels, promotes conservation and innovation, and strengthen Americans' energy security well into the 21st century."