Congressman Latta (R-Bowling Green) voted in support of H.R. 4480, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which passed today on the House Floor. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is a package of domestic energy production bills that will not only reduce energy costs that hard-working families and small businesses currently face but will also spur a much needed economic growth and job creation.
Working together will help put our country back on the road to recovery by empowering innovators to harness our domestic energy capabilities using new technologies. With the discovery of ever increasing American energy, there comes the need for more manufacturers, engineers, leasing specialists, rig operators and more. This bill comes at a critical time, as consumers, farmers and small businesses are facing higher fuel prices, and the President is restricting federal leases from oil production, while at the same time, he is considering releasing oil from the United States' Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).
"Many people in the Fifth District of Ohio have to drive many miles to and from work every day. As a result, while high fuel prices are hurting all Americans, they have disproportionately damaging effects on my constituents," Latta said. "Reducing the costs of refining fuel is a great first step, but the key to reducing fuel prices is to bring more supply onto the market. This bill will directly impact my constituents in northwest Ohio by lowering fuel costs. I support legislation that will allow increased access to responsible domestic oil production."