Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work

By:  Bill Johnson
Date: May 10, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

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Mr. JOHNSON of Ohio. Mr. Chairman, today we are taking up the Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act, which will accomplish two very important goals: create jobs and help lower energy costs. It will end the Obama administration's de facto drilling moratorium in the gulf in a way that is safe, transparent, and responsible.

A study from Louisiana State University predicted that keeping this permitorium in place for 18 months could cause the loss of more than 36,000 jobs nationwide. We simply can't afford the Obama administration's job-killing policies. Rather than putting Americans back to work, they're seriously impacting America's energy production. The ``March 2011 Short-Term Energy Outlook'' from the Energy Information Administration noted that production from the Gulf of Mexico is expected to fall by 240,000 barrels per day this year.

If we're going to become energy secure, we need to increase our energy production, not limit it; and we need to commit ourselves to developing our own resources. The Putting the Gulf of Mexico Back to Work Act will help do that.

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