Today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) released the following column discussing the House-passed Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 4480) and House Republicans' American Energy Initiative:
"Millions of Americans are jobless or underemployed, energy prices remain too high, and wages are stagnant in the Obama economy. That's why the House is working relentlessly to remove government barriers that are holding back robust economic growth and driving up prices on families and small businesses.
"According to the National Federation of Independent Business, "energy costs are one of the top three business expenses in 35 percent of small businesses' in our country. The average price for a gallon of gas in Ohio remains above $3. While these prices are an improvement from the record-setting prices we saw earlier in the year, they are still far too high for families and small businesses struggling to make ends meet. We need to do more to help bring down these costs and get our job creators back to creating jobs.
"Unfortunately, at the urging of radical special interest groups that oppose increased production of American-made energy, President Obama has delayed, blocked, and restricted access to America's energy resources, resulting in a 14 percent drop in federal energy production since 2010. From an offshore drilling moratorium to a de facto one put in place through the permitting and leasing process, American energy and the jobs it creates have too often been pushed aside by the Obama administration and its allies in Washington.
"By contrast, my Republican colleagues and I in the House are taking action to encourage American job creation and lower the price at the pump for families and small businesses.
"Furthering our all-of-the-above national energy strategy, we launched the American Energy Initiative in March of last year. This plan outlines long-term, commonsense solutions that will address gas prices for families and small businesses, create new jobs by increasing energy production, and approve job-creating initiatives like the Keystone pipeline.
"As part of the American Energy Initiative, the House recently passed, with bipartisan support, the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 4480). This legislation combines seven different energy bills that are designed to increase American energy production and create jobs. The bill includes measures to stop excessive government regulations, streamline bureaucratic permit processes, eliminate red tape, and open new federal land to energy production to create thousands of new American jobs.
"These long-term supply solutions will create jobs and lower energy costs. H.R. 4480, along with the other American Energy Initiative bills, deserves immediate consideration by the Democratic-controlled Senate. If President Obama is serious about helping get Americans back to work, he'll call for swift action on this and the more than 30 other House-passed jobs bills still awaiting a vote by Senate Democrats.
"House Republicans will remain focused on helping job creation across the country, and we hope that our colleagues across the aisle will work with us. Learn more about the American Energy Initiative and all of House Republicans' plans to encourage private-sector job growth by visiting Jobs.GOP.gov."
Boehner represents Ohio's 8th District, which includes all of Darke, Miami, and Preble counties, most of Butler and Mercer counties, and the northeastern corner of Montgomery County. He was first elected to Congress in 1990.