Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Marietta) released the following statement today after voting with the House to pass H.R. 4480 -- the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act. This legislation will lower energy prices, create much-needed jobs, and increase America's energy independence. Included in the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is legislation authored by Bill Johnson that speeds up America's energy exploration by allowing federal land leases for energy production to be auctioned online (H.R. 2752 -- the BLM Live Internet Auctions Act).
"The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is common sense legislation that will create much-needed jobs, lower energy prices, and make America more energy independent. Right now, Ohio families and small businesses are suffering not only because of President Obama's failed economic policies but because of his failed energy policies. Since President Obama took office, gas prices have surged over 100% and Americans are paying on average $300 more per year to power their homes. Rather than develop proven energy sources like coal, oil, and natural gas that will free Americans from the burden of high energy prices, President Obama would rather gamble hard-earned tax dollars on failed green energy companies like Solyndra," said Bill Johnson.
Johnson added, "Americans deserve a true "all of the above' approach to energy development that creates jobs, lowers energy prices, and increases America's energy independence. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act increases America's ability to expand its energy exploration by giving the Secretary of the Interior the ability to lease federal lands through online auctions. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act is an important step forward to advancing an energy policy that actually works FOR hardworking Americans."