Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) today released the following statement after voting against the Democrats' so-called energy legislation, H.R. 3534, the CLEAR Act, which will destroy jobs, increase energy costs, and make America more dependent on foreign oil:
"As I said when this bill went through committee, congressional Democrats are heeding the words of Rahm Emanuel and not letting a good crisis go to waste. Under the guise of being "good for American families" as speaker Pelosi put it, this bill institutes more than $22 billion in new job-killing taxes on American oil and natural gas. This bill shows that the Democrats priorities are crystal clear. They would rather drive up energy prices with new taxes, block development of domestic energy sources, and pass more than $30 billion in new mandatory spending for two programs that have nothing to do with the oil spill than put Americans back to work."