Linder Opposes Energy Tax Hike
Today, Representative John Linder (GA-07) voted to defeat H.R. 5351, legislation that will increase taxes on American energy companies. Despite the work of Linder and other Republicans in the House, the bill passed by a vote of 236-182.
"Today, the U.S. House of Representatives took another step backward in our fight to be energy independent. The House slammed the door on increased energy production by approving a $17 billion tax increase on American energy companies. What sense does it make to increase taxes on the very companies that we must rely on to make us energy independent?"
The energy bill will increase taxes on American companies like ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips and Chevron, however, it does contain provisions that will give tax breaks to Hugo Chavez's CITGO as it is not considered to be a major integrated oil company. Linder explained that tax hikes will not stop companies from making a profit; rather it will simply stop them from making profits in the United States. He predicted that the bill will force energy companies to fire American workers and move their operations overseas to avoid these new taxes.
"This bill will do nothing to decrease consumer prices, help our economy, or make our environment cleaner. Instead this bill throws more good money after bad in the form of greater subsidies for the renewable energy industry. From 1989 to 2005, the government spent billions of dollars on increasing renewable energy use in this country. In that time, our renewable energy consumption rose by a meager 3 percent. 3 percent in 16 years - that is a less than 1 percent increase per year. To my mind, that is too much money for too little achievement."
This vote marks the fourth time during the 110th Congress that a Democrat controlled House has held a vote to raise energy taxes.