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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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Mr. SCALISE. Madam Speaker, I want to thank the gentleman from Texas for yielding.

I stand here to strongly oppose this cap-and-trade national energy tax that is being proposed to be created here today.

One of the things we have heard is about jobs. Let's talk about jobs. The National Association of Manufacturers estimates the United States will lose 3 to 4 million jobs if this bill becomes law. The President's own budget director has said American families will see a $1,200 increase per year on their electricity bill if this bill becomes law. That is the policy that they are trying to pass. That is the policy we are standing up and opposing today.

Let's talk about job loss. If you look at the bill, they have 55 pages in this bill dedicated to job losses. Now why would they put 55 pages in the bill dedicated to job losses if they didn't think this was going to lose jobs and run those jobs over to China and India?

And the real irony is for those who think that we need to reduce carbon emissions, this bill will actually increase carbon emissions because when that steel mill moves from the United States to Brazil, four times more carbon is emitted to produce steel in Brazil than in the United States. And not only do we lose jobs, they emit more carbon. This is a horrible way to wreck the American economy. We need to defeat it.

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