Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and his Republican colleagues in the Colorado congressional delegation are taking the lead on the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a package of domestic energy production bills being introduced today. Gardner is the lead sponsor of the legislation, which will be debated and voted on by the House later this month.
The package will not only reduce energy costs that hard-working families and small businesses currently face, but also spur badly-needed economic growth and job creation. Gardner's bill linking a drawdown of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to increasing oil and gas leases on federal land is a pillar of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.
"Our country is in desperate need of a national energy strategy, and increasing domestic production should be a major component of that plan," Gardner said. "By increasing oil and gas leases on federal land to match what is released from our emergency energy reserves, we can turn a short-term supply fix into a long-term policy that promotes America's energy independence."
Gardner is not the only Colorado member whose bill is included in the comprehensive energy agenda. U.S. Representatives Scott Tipton, Mike Coffman, and Doug Lamborn -- all from Colorado -- also have bills contained in the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.
"It is no surprise that Colorado members are playing a major role in shaping this national energy policy considering our state is home to a diverse group of energy producers," Gardner said. "We truly embrace an "all of the above' strategy in Colorado that includes solar, wind, oil, natural gas, and coal."