Linder Statement On Passage Of National Energy Tax
Today, Congressman John Linder issued the following statement on the on the passage of H.R. 2454, "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009":
"Today, 219 members of the House of Representatives voted to increase your taxes, mortgage your children's future, send our manufacturing jobs overseas, throw family farmers off their land, start an international trade war, and drive our country deeper into this recession. Make no mistake, the Democrats' Cap and Trade tax bill is not based on sound science, and it is not about a cleaner environment or energy independence. It's not about lowering carbon dioxide emissions or creating "green" jobs."
"Instead of passing a bill that would truly make us energy independent by supporting all forms of energy research, from clean coal to nuclear to solar and wind, and even to those new types of energy that have yet to be discovered, this bill forces hard-working American citizens to pay a new national energy tax - a tax that will be assessed on everything that uses energy to produce or transport: food, clothes, cars, electricity, electronics, paper, and much more."
"While I stood with 212 of my House colleagues, both Republican and Democrat, in opposing this short-sighted, job-killing bill that will increase every American's energy bills, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and team of radical environmentalists won the day. There is more to do, however. This bill will now be sent to the U.S. Senate for approval, and I will continue to lobby my Senate colleagues to oppose this bill. I also encourage you to contact Georgia's two Senators, Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss, and express to them your opposition to this tax increase. I truly believe that the American people will not stand for such a massive tax increase."
If you would like to listen to Congressman Linder's testimony on the floor of the House in opposition to this bill, click this link.
If you would like to read the statement Congressman Linder submitted for the record you may click this link.