Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco (TX-23), a member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) and supporter of an all-of-the-above energy strategy, released the following statement upon the passage of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 4480):
"Across America, family and small business budgets are being squeezed by the high cost of energy. This means that they have less money to spend on activities, like buying a new car or expanding a small business, that would help the economy grow and create jobs. That's why it's absolutely critical that we produce more energy here at home. Unfortunately, Washington is standing in the way and has placed mountains of red tape and burdensome regulations in the way of greater access to American energy resources. That's why I'm proud to have supported the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which will help get Washington out of the way and provide the boost our energy sector needs to produce more American energy and help our stagnant economy get back on track," said Congressman Canseco.
"Besides helping lower the cost of energy for American families and small businesses, greater production of American energy will create the need for engineers, manufacturers, rig operators and many other positions that can be filled by American workers. If you wonder whether or not expanding American energy production will actually affect jobs, look no further than places like the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale in Texas, where energy production is booming and the unemployment rate is low. We have the resources here in America to create jobs for our unemployed, we need only provide the access to those resources. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act puts us on the path to providing that much needed access," concluded Congressman Canseco.