Broun: "On Wednesday, the liberal Democrats finally caved to Republican pressure and allowed the prohibition on offshore drilling to expire."
U.S. Congressman Paul C. Broun today claims victory for all Americans. On Wednesday, September 24, the Democrat leadership capitulated and allowed the Congressional prohibition on offshore drilling to expire. This decision marks the culmination of more than a month of protests by House Republicans.
The Republican protest began on August 1st when Nancy Pelosi turned off House microphones, cameras, and lights after Congressional Democrats voted to recess for five weeks. Congressman Broun took part in the protest and has been an extremely vocal supporter of the American Energy Act.
"On Wednesday, the liberal Democrats finally caved to Republican pressure and allowed the prohibition on offshore drilling to expire," stated Broun. "Liberal Democrats have finally realized that they cannot defy the will of the American people any longer. This is a crucial first step towards making America energy independent. We must now remain focused on enacting an all-of-the-above energy policy that includes nuclear, clean coal, oil shale, and alternative sources of energy."
Though allowing the prohibition on offshore drilling to expire is a positive step towards energy independence, there is an expectation that liberals will attempt to reinstate the prohibition next Congress.
"This is truly a historic victory for the American people, but I have no doubt that the Democratic leadership in the House are still pandering to the radical environmentalists," reported Broun. "I am sure the liberal Democrat Leadership will continue to fight against the development of America's vast resources, and I expect them to attempt to reinstate the prohibition in 2009. In fact, we are already seeing public statements that they will re-enact the ban right after this year's election."
"I pledge to continue the fight to increase production, lower the cost of fuel, and end America's dependence of Middle Eastern and communist Venezuelan oil."
Note: The Republicans' American Energy Act would be the cornerstone of a plan to eliminate America's energy dependence on the Middle East, Venezuela, and OPEC through conservation, efficiency, and the increased production and development of American resources. A vote on this bill has been blocked by Speaker Pelosi.