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Congressional Replacement of President Obama's Energy-Restricting and Job-Limiting Offshore Drilling Plan

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC


Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Madam Speaker, this is not a foreign policy bill. This is a bill about American jobs and American energy. And these subjects that are brought up in this motion to recommit are covered in other areas, as they should be. For example, the Iranian issue is covered in standalone bills, as it properly should be. But this continues to be an attempt of the other side to change the subject away from American energy and American jobs.

The President is talking about American energy, and I have said on a number of occasions that the President likes to give speeches, but virtually every time when he does on offshore energy, his actions are 180 degrees from his rhetoric. So this bill that we have under consideration today, H.R. 6082, challenges the President to live up to his rhetoric.

In his speeches, the President says, ``Yes, we can,'' ``hope and change,'' ``move forward,'' ``believe in America.'' Well, to those who say that the House and the Senate should not act on a 60-day review of the President's plan, I say, ``Yes, we can.''

Let's just not hope for better, let's move the country forward. Let's change President Obama's plan to a real pro-energy, pro-jobs offshore plan that truly believes in America. Oppose this motion to recommit, vote for the bill, and vote against the suspension.

I yield back the balance of my time.


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