We are now 6 days from the Republican Primary Election, and with your support, our campaign to keep Conservative Mississippi values in Washington will be victorious on Tuesday, March 13th.
Last week, I was honored to be ranked one of the most conservative Members of Congress by the American Conservative Union as well as the National Journal. With steadfast conservative resolve we can continue to reverse Obama's destructive policies that have led to record deficits, debt and unemployment in America.
Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicted the unemployment rate will remain above 8% through 2014. The real unemployment rate, including those who can't find full time work, is at 15%, further proving the path that Obama is taking us down is the wrong path for America. The path of failed energy policy and high unemployment is the wrong direction for South Mississippi.
With gas prices skyrocketing, sixty-seven percent of Americans say the rapid increase in gas prices have caused financial hardship in their households. Economist worry that high gas prices could bring a new economic downturn. Despite the hardship and danger high fuel prices put on Americans and the economy, this Administration has made it a priority to prevent the private sector from tapping our domestic energy resources. In 2008, when gas prices reached $4 per gallon, the Bush Administration in a bipartisan manner, ended a thirty-year moratorium on outer continental shelf (OCS) exploration. Almost immediately gas prices dropped at the pumps. The current administration, however, has closed OCS drilling and has instituted moratoriums that have resulted in the departure of nearly a third of the Gulf of Mexico's deep water drilling rigs and the thousands jobs that depend on them.
While the president and Democrats cast blame on why prices at the pump continue to increase, House Republicans have put forth plans for an all-of-the above energy policy that taps our vast American resources and will put Americans immediately back to work. This Administration has blocked the Keystone XL pipeline and the 800,000 barrels of oil per day that would flow to U.S. refineries from Canada while creating 20,000 jobs. All the while Senate Democrats are sitting on 30 other bipartisan, House passed jobs bills, that address rising gas prices, boost energy production and create real, high paying jobs. As a former rigger, roustabout, and materials manager for offshore drilling platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, I am proud to have voted to expand offshore oil exploration through requiring immediate lease sales and undoing the excessive regulations that are restraining our domestic energy production.
Please join me on Monday, March 12 at 10 a.m., at the Gulf Coast Collesium as I will be speaking at the 2012 Gulf Coast Energy Summit. This event is open to the public and attendance is free. Please register online to confirm your attendace by clicking here.
With your support next Tuesday, I will continue to enact a common-sense energy policy that will utilize our resources, lower gas prices here at home and put people to work right away.
Thank you for your continued support,