THE SHAM ENERGY BILL -- (House of Representatives - September 16, 2008)
(Mr. BROUN of Georgia asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. BROUN of Georgia. Mr. Speaker, last night at about 9:45, a bill was introduced that we're going to vote on this morning. It has been in the hopper for almost 12 hours now. It has been called a sham. It has been called a farce. But let me tell you, it's a bald-faced lie to the American people. This so-called energy bill is not going to produce one drop of oil, not the first one. We don't know all that is in this bill because we were just presented it last night.
There are some things that are not in this bill, and I can guarantee you there is no nuclear energy. We're not going to even be able to drill for oil and gas on the Outer Continental Shelf. There is no way to stop in this bill the endless lawsuits by the radical environmentalists. This is a nonenergy energy bill. It's a lie to the American public. It is a cover to try to look like the Democratic majority is trying to do something. They say they represent the poor, the elderly and the underprivileged. But that is a lie, too, because the underprivileged and the poor are being hammered by increased energy costs. And we cannot afford to continue on this process.