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Blackburn Helps Lead Passage of National Energy Policy

Location: Washington, DC

April 21, 2005

WASHINGTON, DC - Representative Marsha Blackburn (TN-7th District) spent the past two weeks hosting floor debates, speaking on talk radio programs across the nation, and taking part in press conferences to support the House Energy and Commerce Committee's National Energy Policy Act of 2005, H.R. 6.

The House passed H.R. 6 today by a vote of 249 to 183. H.R. 6 was supported by more than 40 Democrats. This builds on a recent trend of 40 or more House Democrat's voting in favor of Republican legislation in the House, including the Real ID Act, Class Action reform, Bankruptcy reform, and the Death Tax repeal.

"For years conservatives in Congress have been saying that energy policy was a matter of economic and national security," Blackburn said. "We were ahead of our time on this issue as current events have shown. Our dependency on foreign oil has only grown since we began fighting for a national policy in 2001, and while this bill isn't going to solve that problem overnight, it's a solid step in the right direction. Some think we can flip a switch and transition immediately from an oil dependent economy, this bill realizes that simply is not humanly possible. We've crafted legislation that opens up some domestic exploration for oil and gas to reduce our dependence on foreign sources, and we're also building on tax credits passed in the last few years to encourage development of alternative fuels like hydrogen and biomass."

"For the small businesses and manufacturers across Tennessee, this bill is critical. We need an energy policy that provides stability and a clear direction. That's what this does. This bill has struck a balance between improving access to current fuel sources and pushing for new technologies."


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