Congressman Steve Scalise today announced that the Subcommittee on Energy and Power will hold a hearing titled "Jobs and Energy Security: Gulf of Mexico" this Thursday, March 17.
In late February, Scalise led a bipartisan letter with Rep. Gene Green (TX) to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Committee requesting this hearing to highlight the impact of the Obama Administration's permitorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf. In the letter to Chairman Fred Upton (MI-06) and Ranking Member Henry Waxman (CA-30), and subsequent meetings with House leadership, Scalise highlighted the economic damage caused by the permitorium and emphasized the need to immediately resume safe drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
"Gas prices have nearly doubled since President Obama took office, and his policies are directly responsible for the pain that families are experiencing at the pump, as well as the devastating job losses we've seen throughout the Gulf of Mexico," Scalise said. "The President's refusal to issue drilling permits is costing us thousands of jobs, jeopardizing America's national security and making us more dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Only one new deepwater drilling permit has been issued since the moratorium supposedly ended more than four months ago, and this reckless permitorium has killed more than 10,000 jobs throughout the Gulf region. It is time for the Obama Administration to face the tough questions and be held accountable for the devastating consequences of their actions, and I will continue fighting to reverse this reckless permitorium before gas prices skyrocket higher, and even more damage is done to our fragile economy."
Details of the hearing follow below. The hearing is open to the media.
Subcommittee on Energy and Power
Hearing titled "Jobs and Energy Security: Gulf of Mexico"
Thursday, March 17, 2011
2123 Rayburn House Office Building