ROSKAM STANDS FOR COMPREHENSIVE, BIPARTISAN ENERGY SOLUTION
Renews Calls for House Leadership to Bring Real Relief to American Consumers
Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 6899:
"I am disappointed the House has descended to this partisan political ploy. Quite frankly, I don't know how a bill could be considered pro-domestic production when the first section of the bill is entitled Prohibition on leasing.' We need an all-of-the-above energy policy, like my Energy VISION Act, that increases domestic production of traditional resources, advances alternative renewable energy, and enhances conservation.
"This legislation permanently locks up 88% of our resources, and blocks development of all known resources off of our west coast. It hinders domestic production by requiring the states to affirmatively act to allow offshore production while taking away their revenue sharing incentive."
This week, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) stated: "I believe there is widespread support among Democrats and Republicans in the House and the Senate for some version of revenue sharing for the coastal states. Because they do not have it in the House bill, I think it will be very difficult to pass it in the House and it most certainly won't see the light of day in the Senate."
"We're at a point in our national political life where there is great agreement on the need to increase domestic production," Roskam continued. "Rather than capitalizing on this opportunity and producing a bipartisan accomplishment even in this climate, the Democrat leadership chose to hastily assemble a 290-page bill behind closed doors and force a vote with no bipartisan input a day later.
"My Energy VISION Act would advance renewable energy, make nuclear power more available, enhance conservation with anti-idling technology, and fund Energy Frontier Research Centers. Any bill that ignores nuclear, anti-idling conservation and basic research is no comprehensive energy bill."
During floor debate today, Rep. Gene Green (D-TX) stated: "I do not believe our bill goes far enough to address all of our domestic energy resources, especially nuclear energy."
"I am utterly opposed to requiring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to develop loan products and flexible underwriting guidelines for energy-efficient mortgages in the midst of a taxpayer-funded bail-out," Roskam added. "We should not be adding to their burdens, but encouraging them off the taxpayer crutch.
"There are more provisions addressing bicycles than nuclear power in this bill. Permanently locking up resources, increasing strains on taxpayers, and an earmark authored by Charlie Rangel for transportation in New York, do not add up to a sensible comprehensive energy policy. Rather than increasing domestic production and seizing the exciting future of alternative and renewable energy, this legislation punts our energy issues, and our energy future down the road and on to the states. I am disappointed that Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrat leadership could not come to the table in good faith to develop a bipartisan solution to our nation's problem."