With gas prices still on the rise, my colleagues in the House and I are working to remove the government roadblocks to production that are keeping gas prices high. This week, by a vote of 263 to 163, the House approved the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, which will speed up the drilling permitting process, end the Administration's de facto drilling moratorium, and create jobs.
You may recall, last July I visited the Gulf Coast following the oil spill and I personally witnessed oil rigs leaving for other countries like Brazil. To date, since the moratorium was enacted, 12 oil rigs have left and as a result, we've lost almost 12,000 jobs and hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day. To reverse that trend, the House also approved the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act, which lifts the President's ban on offshore leasing and ensures that we're moving forward on energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources.
Drilling alone is not a solution to our long-term energy needs, but we can't continue to lock down these important domestic resources while sending billions of dollars overseas for foreign oil. We should embrace an "all-of-the-above" energy approach, and that includes everything from solar to nuclear to oil and natural gas.