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Providing For Consideration Of H.R. 2454, American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

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Location: Washington, DC

PROVIDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF H.R. 2454, AMERICAN CLEAN ENERGY AND SECURITY ACT OF 2009

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Mr. GRAVES. Madam Speaker, I come to the floor today extremely disappointed with the Rule put before us.

Every day I hear the same message from my constituents--stop Washington's addiction to spending. Bailout after bailout, with no change in sight, the small business owners, farmers and hard working families in Missouri have grown weary and frustrated.

Instead of providing our taxpayers much needed relief, we are here today to ask for more of their money. H.R. 2454 is a thinly veiled attempt to address climate change, unsuccessfully I might add, while its actual goal is to direct more taxpayer dollars to the government coffers. The results are unacceptable:an average tax increase of $3100 for families;additional regulatory and administrative costs on small businesses;higher energy expenses for all--especially those in rural areas;and significant job loss.

When will enough be enough?

I offered two common sense amendments to H.R. 2454--rejected by the Rules Committee--which struck the cap and tax provisions in the underlying bill should the unemployment rate reach 8 percent or higher. I have financially strapped companies in my district, who instead of laying off their employees have chosen to keep them on payroll at reduced hours. These business owners and employees are making serious sacrifices. Should this cap and tax provision be implemented while these companies continue to struggle to survive this economic downturn, their strategic and innovative efforts will become null and void and their employees will join the already overextended unemployment line.

Today I strongly urge my colleagues to stand with me. It is irresponsible of Congress to use taxation as an answer to our challenges. Voting against this rule and the underlying legislation will demonstrate your willingness to work together towards real energy solutions for our future and our children's future.

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