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Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan

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Mr. BOUSTANY. Mr. Chairman, I rise in support of H.R. 6082 which I believe is a commonsense approach to energy production and jobs in south Louisiana and for our Nation.

I continue to be disappointed. The President states we must have ``an all-of-the-above strategy for the 21st century that develops every source of American-made energy,'' but at the same time, he fails to understand the need to develop resources now for future energy production.

South Louisiana has tens of thousands of jobs in the oil and gas industry. This administration's hostility to responsible, safe American energy production by closing 85 percent--85 percent--of our offshore areas to energy production and issuing burdensome and duplicative regulations stalls our languishing economy and hurts job growth.

I rise in support of H.R. 6082 because it's a rational and responsible plan. Not only will this bill generate a robust drilling plan, creating thousands of new jobs, helping to lower the price at the pump, improve American energy security, and strengthen our national and economic security, but it requires separate environmental reviews for each specific lease sale. This is good policy.

Passage of this legislation sends a crystal clear message to the administration: a do-nothing energy plan is simply unacceptable.

I look over at my colleagues on the other side of the aisle, and I would urge the President as well to take a look at that plaque up there near the ceiling above the Speaker's Chair--read it--from Daniel Webster. It says, ``Let us develop the resources of our land.''

Passage of this bill gets us on to a good start of developing the resources of our land, which include good, high-paying American jobs.

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