Like so many of you, I have been frustrated by the steady increase in gasoline costs. In recent weeks, I have continued working hard to ease your pain at the pump.
On Friday, I joined many of my colleagues in signing a letter to Speaker Pelosi, requesting she bring H.R. 5984, the Clean Energy Tax Stimulus Act, to the floor for consideration. This important legislation would extend important tax credits for wind and solar industries, helping to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Since the Senate has already passed similar language, with a bipartisan vote of 88-8, the current procedural stalemate in the House is unacceptable. I believe that America needs to expand its renewable energy resources and this bill would help to stimulate innovation and investment.
In addition, I recently signed two discharge petitions to support bills that would promote responsible American energy production. The No More Excuses Energy Act, H.R. 3089, would encourage new refinery construction, boost alternative energy development, and increase deep sea exploration in the U.S. The second bill, H.R. 2279, would expand American refining capacity on closed military installations. If an absolute majority of House members (218) sign a discharge petition, a bill may bypass Committee consideration and be brought directly to the House floor.
Please be assured that I will continue fighting to increase the amount of energy that the American consumer can attain, to lower the cost of energy for the American family so that they have more disposable income for other needs, and to strengthen national security and make us more independent from volatile countries.
Member of Congress