Today, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted with a House majority to pass H.R. 4480, The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a package of bills geared towards increasing domestic energy production and putting Americans back to work. The legislation passed, 248-163.
"My top priority is to fix America's high unemployment and weak economy, which is why I am pleased the House passed the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act package today," said Hall. "More than 13 million Americans are out of work, and the current average price for a gallon of gas is $3.50 - that's more than double the price than when the present President took office. This added burden hurts hard-working families and hinders small businesses from growing and hiring new workers."
Hall continued, "By pursuing a comprehensive energy plan, hundreds of thousands of jobs can be created. Not only would small businesses face less energy obstacles when hiring new workers, but as new energy resources are developed, there would be an immediate need for new manufacturers, leasing specialists, rig operators, and other positions.
"Utilizing America's vast, untapped energy resources will also move us toward achieving energy independence from other, unfriendly countries. This would provide Americans with more affordable energy and better national security.
"The only thing preventing the United States from becoming a world leader in energy production is bureaucratic red tape. We must remove these barriers put in place by the Administration - permitting delays, declining production on federal land, restricted access, and stifling regulations - and that is what the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act focuses on accomplishing. We must unleash the full energy potential of this nation. It is crucial to our quality of life and standard of living.
"I hope the Democrat-controlled Senate will pass this responsible bill and take up the nearly 30 jobs bills currently sitting on the Senate Floor. I will continue to fight for legislation that provides a positive environment for job creation and delivers Americans an affordable and reliable energy supply."