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Providing for Consideration of H.R. 4480, Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. BERG. I thank the gentleman for recognizing me today.

Madam Speaker, I rise in support of the underlying bill, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. In my home State of North Dakota, we're seeing unprecedented growth. As it was mentioned, at 3 percent, North Dakota has the lowest unemployment rate in the country. We have a nearly $2 billion budget surplus. We have stabilized our finances, and we've created certainty. And I couldn't be more proud of our State.

A large part of our economic success is due to a comprehensive energy policy and a commonsense regulatory environment which, in North Dakota, is known as EmPower North Dakota. In North Dakota, we know that all energy production is good energy production. Rather than picking winners and losers in energy, this EmPower act creates a stable, business-friendly climate. It does this by encouraging all energy production.

North Dakota embraces all forms of energy production and natural resources capabilities across our State. And North Dakota is really proof that ``all-of-the-above'' really does work, and there's no reason why we should not be taking this proven approach to developing energy and domestic energy production and applying it nationwide. That's really the goal of this legislation that's being considered here in the House today.

I am proud to offer my strong support for this legislation, and I encourage all of my colleagues to do the same by supporting this rule.


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