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Domestic Energy and Jobs Act

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Mr. GARDNER. The gentlelady is correct on one point: that it is up to us. It is up to us to protect and defend the middle class. It's up to us to work toward the development of American jobs. It's up to us to reduce the reliance on foreign oil. It's up to us to make sure that we have an opportunity to buy American from North Dakota, from Pennsylvania, from New York, from Colorado. We have an opportunity to buy energy from those States.

What about Ohio? What about Pennsylvania?

This will allow us to produce energy in this country, to buy energy from this country instead of growing our dependence on overseas energy, the Keystone XL pipeline, opportunities to look at our Federal resources for coal, for solar, for wind, traditional and renewable energy.

This bill is about American jobs, about lowering the price at the pump. We have seen over the past 3 years as gasoline prices have gone up nearly 100 percent.

We talk about putting people back to work. We talk about protecting the middle class. You know what will help people rise above it? You know what will help people move forward? It's making sure that they can afford the gasoline that they put into their tank, that they're not trying to sacrifice groceries for gasoline.

A one-penny increase and the price of gasoline will cost American consumers and businesses millions and millions of dollars a day.

You want to talk about things that we could do to help this country, it is an abundant and affordable energy policy, one that weans us off of foreign energy, makes sure that we are producing it here, and one that makes sure we are taking advantage of all of our energy--renewable, traditional--in the sense that we're not just looking at quick-fix politics, but we're looking at long-term supply solutions.

But once again, we are met with opposition that includes more politics, less energy; more rhetoric, less opportunity. This isn't about smoke and mirrors. This is about putting Americans back to work producing American energy and making sure that we are watching out for our constituents, lowering the price of energy so that they can improve their lives and that of their families.

Mr. Speaker, I urge opposition to this motion to recommit. Let's move forward with American jobs, American energy, and support the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.

I yield back the balance of my time.

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