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American Clean Energy And Security Act Of 2009

Floor Speech

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Location: Washington, DC

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Mrs. BLACKBURN. Madam Speaker, this is not an energy bill. This is a tax bill. They're going to tax the air you breathe. It is a transfer-of-wealth bill. The American people are figuring this out. Our friends across the aisle have, indeed, become the party of punishment, and my constituents in Tennessee are being punished.

Listen to this: By 2012 we will lose 33,000 jobs. For the next 23 years, every year it is estimated this bill will cause us to lose 25,600 jobs. The American people are figuring this out. We want them to know it. When my colleagues come down here and talk about it being important and talk about it being historic, it's all from the negative. The impacts of this bill will shut small businesses. It will close family farms. It will shutter manufacturing plants, and those jobs will end up in China, in India. It will increase our taxes. The President told us so. Every household is going to pay between $1,300 and $3,100 in new taxes every year. The cost of products will increase. The American people know that the bill chooses winners and losers, and the taxpayer is the big loser.

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