Today, Congressman Rob Bishop (R-UT), who serves on the powerful House Rules Committee and as Chairman of the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands, delivered the following remarks in support of two bills aimed at increasing domestic energy production and job creation-- the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act [H.R. 1230] and the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act [H.R. 1229]. The U.S. House of Representatives today passed H.R. 1230, which will now be sent to the Senate for consideration. H.R. 1229 is expected to be voted on next week.
In May 2010, the Obama Administration imposed a de facto moratorium on drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, which according to its own estimates cost 12,000 jobs. After lifting the moratorium in October 2010, the Administration maintained a de facto moratorium on offshore drilling by slow-walking the permitting process, which has cost 130,000 barrels of oil per day and thousands of American jobs. The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act requires the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration.
The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would require the lease sales to occur before June 1, 2012 or within one year after enactment of the bill.
"Unlike the bills we have seen over the past couple years, which have led us to a situation where today, there are twice as many workers in the government as there are in all of manufacturing in this nation, which is an exact reverse of the situation this nation was in during 1960," said Congressman Bishop. "The situation in which we find ourselves today with regard to energy is one that is detrimental to everybody. Everyone that goes to the pump to fill their car recognizes the costs are increasing and will continue to increase. They recognize the situation we are in puts all jobs in jeopardy and it's because of the inaction of this particular Administration. The President has continually said he wants to take action to move forward to develop American energy, but the actions of his administration have, quite frankly, failed to meet the rhetoric of his Administration "