While the Republican Convention proceeds in St. Paul, Minnesota, Congressman Bob Goodlatte returned to Washington to press for a vote on the American Energy Act, legislation to make America energy independent. On Friday, August 1st, Speaker Nancy Pelosi adjourned the House for five weeks, without voting on legislation to lower gas prices. Immediately following the vote on the motion to adjourn the House of Representatives, which Goodlatte voted against, the Speaker had the lights, microphones and CSPAN cameras in the House chamber turned off.
"I believe that it is imperative that Congress act swiftly in addressing the energy situation. I voted against the motion to adjourn the House of Representatives for the month of August because I believe Congress should be creating solutions to this problem," said Goodlatte. "I have joined those calling for Congress to reconvene to address the energy crisis that every American is facing. I have returned to Washington to join with my Republican colleagues to demand a vote on energy legislation. We have continued to shed light on the energy crisis on the House floor, and have urged Speaker Pelosi to reconvene the House of Representatives so we can vote on legislation that will increase American-made energy.
Goodlatte continued, "The American Energy Act is an All of the Above' strategy aimed at lowering gas prices and liberating America from its dependence on foreign oil. The comprehensive legislation increases the supply, security and diversity of American energy, promotes conservation and puts real alternative fuel sources in the hands of consumers to lower costs. Specifically, the American Energy Act lifts the moratorium on drilling along the Outer Continental Shelf and opens the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for drilling, potentially producing nearly a million barrels of oil a day. The legislation also works to diversify our energy supplies with alternative sources, including renewable fuels and wind, solar and hydrogen power and promotes the production of more nuclear power which provides CO2 emission-free energy.
Recent polls indicate that the American people strongly support the goals of the American Energy Act and the people deserve to have their voices heard. The American Energy Act, which will help create millions of American jobs and will move our nation toward independence from foreign sources of energy, should be brought up for a vote on the House floor. The Speaker of the House should not be afraid of allowing democracy to work."