At a press conference today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester), Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) announced that House Republicans will soon unveil legislation -- the American Jobs & Infrastructure Act -- linking expanded American energy production to high-priority infrastructure projects. This bill is another part of the Republican Plan for America's Job Creators, and will support long-term job creation by removing government barriers to energy production to pay for improvements to America's roads and bridges. Following are video and highlights from Congressman Boehner's remarks:
BOEHNER: AMERICAN JOBS & ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT PERMANENTLY EXPANDS ENERGY PRODUCTION, PROVIDES FISCALLY-RESPONSIBLE FUNDING & REFORMS FOR INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS:
"That's why in the weeks ahead we'll be introducing another part of our jobs plan: the American Energy & Infrastructure Jobs Act. The bill will be given the designation of H.R. 7 when it is formally introduced. It will do two things to support long-term job growth: expand American energy production and use those revenues to repair and improve America's roads and bridges.
"Here's how the bill works: It will create millions of jobs by eliminating unnecessary barriers that prevent us from using our vast energy resources. Second, by expanding American energy production we can help lower fuel prices for American families and small businesses, and can provide a new revenue stream for infrastructure repair and improvement. And thirdly, the bill will include reforms that speed up the bureaucratic approvals that delay important infrastructure projects.
"And finally, and most importantly, the bill will be fiscally responsible. The revenue will come from expanding American energy production -- not from higher taxes or from deficit spending. It will also include reforms that increase private-sector involvement in infrastructure. And there will be no earmarks. The House has already banned earmarks, and we're going to make sure that highway dollars [that] are there are going to be used to deal with our infrastructure -- not frivolous pet projects. "
BOEHNER: A COMMON GROUND PROPOSAL TO SUPPORT LONG-TERM JOB GROWTH, LOWER ENERGY PRICES & FUND HIGH-PRIORITY INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS:
"And I think there is a lot of common ground between both parties on this issue. The House has already passed bipartisan legislation to stop policies that drive up energy prices and hurt production. The president says he wants more money for infrastructure. He also says he supports more American-made energy.
"So instead of spending more tax dollars on another short-term "stimulus' that, in my opinion, I don't think will work, our bill links job-creating energy production and infrastructure together. I think it will help support long-term job growth, lower energy prices for families and small businesses, and provide more resources quickly for our highest priority infrastructure projects. That's the opposite of "stimulus.' I think this is very good public policy, and I'm hopeful the House will be able to act before the end of the year on this bill."
BOEHNER ON BIPARTISAN, HOUSE-PASSED JOBS BILLS AWAITING PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SIGNATURE:
"All year, Republicans have been working on creating a better environment for private-sector job growth. In May, we outlined our plan for American job creators, and over the course of this year we've passed dozens of bills - most of which are sitting in the United States Senate - that really will help get our economy moving again and get Americans back to work. Just last night we approved two of them. One of them repeals the IRS withholding tax on job creators. The other breaks down bureaucratic barriers that prevent American veterans from finding work. And both of these bills are on their way to the president's desk for his signature."
BOEHNER: "WE DON'T NEED MORE SHORT-TERM "STIMULUS,' "WE NEED TO...GET WASHINGTON OUT OF THE WAY":
"These bills show that there can be common ground here in Washington when it comes to removing these barriers to job growth. But I think there's a lot more that we can do. We can also eliminate more obstacles to jobs --find more common ground -- especially in the areas of energy production and infrastructure. We don't need more short-term "stimulus' gimmicks. We don't need more red tape. And we surely don't need higher taxes. What we need to do is get Washington out of the way, and free job creators from the shackles of a government that is always meddling and micromanaging our economy."