Boehner Congratulates Hoekstra on Passage of Key Energy Security Legislation
Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) today congratulated Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), Ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, for passage of legislation he authored last week to require the Director of National Intelligence to submit a national intelligence assessment on national security issues related to rapidly escalating energy costs. The legislation, rejected by House Democratic leaders only a week ago, was hastily scheduled for floor action this week at the request of Democratic leaders and under the name of a different sponsor, freshman Democratic Rep. Don Cazayoux (D-LA). Boehner issued the following statement on the Hoekstra bill:
"I am pleased that just a week after Democratic leaders rejected Rep. Hoekstra's proposal to more closely track the national security implications of our nation's soaring energy costs, they have seen the light and now embraced it. I congratulate Rep. Hoekstra for the rather unorthodox passage of his important bill.
"I am sure this week's passage of the Hoekstra bill has nothing to do with the fact that Democratic leaders could not bear to see a Republican get credit for addressing two of America's most pressing priorities - energy security and national security - in a single piece of legislation. Rather, over the past week, I am certain Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer came to the thoughtful determination that, indeed, as America becomes more dependent on foreign sources of energy, we also find ourselves at the mercy of many regimes hostile to the United States. Again, I commend Rep. Hoekstra for authoring this energy security legislation, and I thank the Democratic leadership for joining Republicans - however belatedly - in ensuring its passage."
NOTE: The House today passed the National Energy Security Intelligence Act (H.R. 6545), a repackaged version of legislation offered last week by Rep. Hoekstra as a motion to recommit proposal during consideration of the FY 2009 Intelligence Authorization Act. The Hoekstra bill requires the Director of National Intelligence to submit a national intelligence assessment on national security and energy security issues relating to rapidly escalating energy costs, including:
1. Short-term and long-term outlook for prices, supply, and demand for key forms of energy;
2. Plans and intentions of key energy-producing and exporting countries with respect to production and supply;
3. National security implications of rapidly escalating energy costs;
4. Potential use of energy resources as leverage against the United States by Venezuela, Iran, or other potential adversaries;
5. National security implications of increase in funding to current or potential adversaries as a result of increased energy prices;
6. Assessment of likelihood of directly or indirectly increasing financial support for terrorist organization;
7. National security implications of extreme fluctuations in energy prices; and
8. National security implications of continued dependence on international energy supplies.