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Paperwork Assistance Act

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PAPERWORK ASSISTANCE ACT -- (House of Representatives - July 29, 2008)

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Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Speaker, as we all know, every year the government asks Americans to provide many kinds information. These forms can often be confusing and complicated. It would be better if we could find a way to reduce the total number of information requests the government makes to the public, but failing that, we ought at least to make sure someone is available to answer questions from people who are trying to comply with these requirements.

H.R. 6113 amends the Paperwork Reduction Act to require agencies to provide contact information for the agency on information collection. I am happy to support this legislation, and I look forward to the day when we actually cut the number and size of information requests generated by this government.

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Ms. FOXX. Mr. Speaker, this bill is aimed at making the Federal Government more friendly and responsive to citizens who interact with the government. How sad that we are not responding to what Americans are asking for right now and what is most on their mind. And I'm quoting a Fox News/Opinion Dynamics poll released last week revealed that 75 percent of Americans and 66 percent of Democrats support immediate oil and gas exploration here at home. According to a CNN poll, 73 percent of Americans favor more exploration of deep ocean energy resources far off American shores. A Reuters/Zogby poll conducted in June shows that 75 percent of Americans support drilling for oil offshore, and 59 percent support drilling in ANWR.

A Rasmussen survey from June showed 67 percent of Americans support deepwater energy exploration, with 64 percent expecting it will lower gas prices. And a recent IBD/TIPP poll shows 64 percent of Americans surveyed support offshore drilling, 65 percent support oil shale development.

We could bring down the price of gas by voting to create more oil supply, but the Speaker, Senator Reid, and Senator Obama are blocking such votes. It's a shame that very wealthy people who are out of touch with average Americans are blocking the ability to bring down the price of gas.

I'm in favor of doing everything we can to make the Federal Government more responsive to our citizens, including this bill, and I certainly do support it, but I think we need to do more. We need to vote to drill and to create more energy and help the American public.

With that, Mr. Speaker, I yield back the balance of my time.

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