"Last night we were at the White House with a very large bipartisan group with the President, who invited us for dinner. We all congratulated him on the tremendous effort of his team at the White House, as well as members of the armed forces and intelligence community, for what they did to apprehend and kill Osama Bin Laden. It reminds us of the tremendous heroism that is present in our armed forces, and I know that the death of Osama Bin Laden will remain on the minds of all of us. We also will be reminded of how unbelievable it is to have the men and women out there in uniform and in harm's way, fighting for us. It makes us proud to be Americans.
"Our Members came back after hearing from their constituents over the last two weeks. Suffice it to say, they got an earful on gas prices. Some of the questions that are being asked are: how can a country as great as America not have a coherent energy policy? In the House this week we are going to try and do something about that. We are bringing to the floor measures, which go right to the point of undoing some of the impediments that are currently in place stopping, or at least slowing down, the production of energy here at home. I think that is something we can do, and it is imperative because most families are preparing for summer that will actually cost them a lot more than what they originally anticipated, serving as a tax on all of them. This week we are going to move forward with the bills coming out of the Natural Resources Committee to do just that, so we can begin again to maximize energy production here at home."
Q & A:
On Debt Ceiling Vote: "Well I think what we've heard from the President and as well as a number of Democrats here in the House, is that they would like us to just go ahead and increase the nation's credit limit without making any changes. I think most Americans think that's a bad idea, and if it is necessary for us to tell the President that is dead on arrival in the House, I believe that we can do that. Again, our position has been this: we will not support an increase in the nation's credit limit without serious, real changes in the way this town does business and the way it spends taxpayer dollars."
On a Comprehensive Energy Policy: "We have put forward our position in prior years, and it has met with a lot of resistance from many on the other side of the aisle. What we're trying to do is to deliver results, and the results needed are to bring down gas prices. The bills that we are bringing to the floor send a direct message to the Administration to stop putting blocks in the way of allowing energy production here at home. It's that simple. These are things we can do right now, they don't cost any money, and they will have an effect if we can say in this country that we are committed to maximizing energy production here at home.
"Clearly, we have a lot of resources here, a lot of fossil fuel energy resources at home. We have not been availing ourselves of those resources, as other countries continue to explore and produce in their home countries. We have to do the same. It makes common sense for us to be maximizing the use of our resources."