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Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

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Mr. McCARTHY of California. I want to thank freshman Cory Gardner for bringing this legislation to the floor.

Mr. Chairman, I want to for one moment imagine. I want to imagine a country, an America that doesn't have 40 months of 8 percent unemployment. I want to imagine an America with 3 percent unemployment. Could you imagine a country that had a trade deficit that was shrunk? Could you imagine a government that, instead of saying it wants to raise taxes, actually cut them? Imagine that, in a housing crisis, you're not sitting with foreclosures, but you actually need more houses to be built and that people are flying into the country because the jobs are there and it is the place to be. I want to imagine, when you go down to even work at McDonald's, you're making $15 an hour.

A lot of people in this country turn on the news and think that's farfetched. They think that's impossible to dream or to even imagine. But do you know what? That's taking place in parts of this country. That's exactly what's happening in North Dakota. And why is it happening in North Dakota? It's because they created a State energy policy that is unshackled.

There is a team here, Mr. Chairman, that is called the HEAT Team, the House Energy Action Team. We went across the country and saw all walks of life--from California, to driving an electric car in Colorado, to going into the fields of North Dakota, which is where I went. Do you know what? I drove past the windmills. I looked at new technology which is able to extract in a much more pinpointed method and environmentally friendly way so that we can get those resources. What has it done? It has transformed the State with regard to job creation. More importantly, it has transformed our Nation because, yes, we are importing less today than in 1994, but that's only on private lands, not on public lands.

The CHAIR. The time of the gentleman has expired.

Mr. GARDNER. I yield the gentleman an additional 30 seconds.

Mr. McCARTHY of California. So today, on this floor, we are debating something that can change America. No longer will you sit back at home and think, one day, I could only imagine unemployment low, revenues high, and everybody who wants a job can have one.

This bill today is about jobs. It's about jobs that not only create a new America but that change our foreign policy. It creates a new America in which we invest today, and it makes us energy independent.

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