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Rep. Denham: Working Hard To Lower Gas Prices, Create Jobs And Reduce Our Reliance On Foreign Oil

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Location: Washington, DC

Representative Denham, member of the Natural Resources Committee, is working hard to reduce gas prices and reverse Administration policies that are causing unnecessary pain at the pump, on Valley farms and in grocery stores as well as costing our nation jobs.

Rep. Denham is a co-sponsor of three energy bills to expand American energy production, create jobs and lower gasoline prices by reversing Obama Administration policies that have placed our country's energy resources off-limits. Last week, the House approved the first of these bills, H.R. 1230, by a vote of 264-149. H.R. 1230 will create jobs and is the first step in reducing our dependency on foreign oil. Today, the House passed H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act. This week, the House will also vote on, H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act.

Rep. Denham Floor Speech On H.R. 1231 And The Need To Lower Gas Prices - VIDEO:

Denham: Gas Prices Affecting Tourism, Farming and Families

Denham:"…It is not just tourism, if you go to one of the farms in my district, diesel gas has gone up. If you are frustrated about paying higher gas prices wait until you start paying higher grocery prices because in California's great Ag economy the prices are going up. In fact some crops are going to stay in the field this year simply because we cannot afford to have the gas to bring them to market. Parent's feeling the same thing you know I was going to swim practice over the weekend talking to parents frustrated about just being able to get their kids to go to school every day. You think this bill won't do something for gas prices? Its common sense to know that if we've got a greater supply here in our great nation, gas prices are going to go down; we want American jobs. We want to be self-reliant."

In Rep. Denham's District: Rep. Jeff Denham stopped at a gas station in CA's 19th district to talk with customers about the outrageous $4.94 gas prices in his district. He discussed the solutions that he is working on with the members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) in order to lower gas prices, promote energy independence for America and create jobs.

VIDEO what the people of CA's 19th district had to say:

Note:The national average gas price is $3.951 today. The average California gas price is $4.261. In parts of California's 19th district, Rep. Denham visited a gas station where gas prices have skyrocketed to $4.94. (see video -

Rep. Denham joined in launching the House Energy Action Team (HEAT)

Californians can no longer afford the burdensome government policies that are driving up gas prices and increasing job losses in the Central Valley. Rep. Denham joined in launching the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) last week and will participate in a press conference later this afternoon -- see details below. HEAT consists of a committed group of House members promoting Republican energy policies in order to address energy prices, create thousands of good jobs and enhance our national security by promoting energy independence for America. House Republicans are on the side of the small businesses and families who are increasingly harmed by record-high energy prices and HEAT is an effort to decrease the burdens they feel.

ADVISORY for HEAT Press Conference:

Background info on 3 energy bills -

* H.R. 1230, the Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act, expands American energy production and creates jobs by requiring the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and offshore Virginia that have been delayed or cancelled by the Obama Administration. (Passed the House last week)

* H.R. 1229, the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act, will end the Obama Administration's de facto drilling moratorium in a safe, responsible, transparent manner -- putting thousands of Americans back to work and increasing American energy production to help address rising gasoline prices.

* H.R. 1231, the Reversing President Obama's Offshore Moratorium Act, will lift the President's ban on new offshore drilling by requiring the Administration to move forward on American energy production in areas containing the most oil and natural gas resources.

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