Congressman John Kline issued the following statement today, after a press conference in which Speaker Nancy Pelosi attempted to explain why she refuses to bring the "American Energy Act" up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives:
"While Congress was on a five-week vacation, I was pleased to be one of 135 House Republicans who conducted an unprecedented revolt on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives. We protested on behalf of all Americans because of majority leadership's decision to adjourn Congress on August 1 without allowing a vote on the American Energy Act.' The American people were here, my Republican colleagues and I were here, but sadly, Speaker Pelosi and congressional Democrats decided not to participate in this critical discussion on how to make America more energy independent.
"For five weeks my colleagues and I heard from our constituents that the number one issue on their minds was the need for relief from the high cost of energy. Unfortunately, upon returning to Washington yesterday, our first order of legislative business was the naming of two courthouses. And today, Speaker Pelosi announced that rather than giving the American people what they want by voting on comprehensive energy legislation that provides an all of the above' approach that incorporates expanded offshore drilling, majority leadership plans to introduce a bill that includes massive tax hikes and more of the same, failed energy policies.
"There are three weeks left in this session of Congress. All we are asking for is a vote on the American Energy Act,' which would lower gas prices by increasing production of American energy, promote more conservation and efficiency, and encourage the use of more alternative and renewable fuels. Americans have waited long enough."