U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.) joined U.S. Senator David Vitter (La.) and U.S. Congressman Rob Bishop (Utah) today to introduce the Energy Production and Project Delivery Act of 2013. This legislation would immediately help address the nation's energy, job, and financial crisis by unleashing domestic energy resources, creating thousands of well-paying jobs, and generating significant federal revenues from energy production.
"More American energy means more American jobs," said Blunt. "While the Obama administration may not support an all-of-the-above energy strategy, Republicans will continue to focus on policies that increase American energy production, spur economic opportunities nationwide, and put our country on the path to greater energy independence."
"There's no disputing the fact that our nation's domestic energy production on federal lands has been stymied by this administration and is trending in the exact opposite direction of the rapid growth we're seeing on private and state lands. This legislation would help to reverse that trend by increasing access to our domestic resources, and would do so despite the threat from the White House to decrease oil and gas leasing and permitting on federal lands if sequestration goes through," said Vitter.
"The U.S. is blessed with diverse and abundant natural energy resources that, if utilized more responsibly, could help our country prosper and grow. With the President's position that only new revenues will alter the course of sequestration, this bill provides an alternative to his proposal for new taxes on hard-working Americans. Here we present new opportunities to grow revenues in a way that will help address the critical issues of job creation and energy costs," said Bishop.
The bill's cosponsors also include U.S. Senators John Barrasso (Wyo.), Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), Daniel Coats (Ind.), Thad Cochran (Miss.), John Cornyn (Texas), Mike Crapo (Idaho), Ted Cruz (Texas), Michael Enzi (Wyo.), Dean Heller (Nev.), John Hoeven (N.D.), James Inhofe (Okla.), Johnny Isakson (Ga.), Ron Johnson (Wis.), James Risch (Idaho), Richard Shelby (Ala.), Pat Toomey (Penn.), Roger Wicker (Miss.)
"One of the most promising areas for economic growth in our country is the field of energy, including energy infrastructure like the Keystone XL pipeline," said Hoeven. "To make that happen, we need to build a pro-growth business environment, including simple, fair and certain regulations. That will attract private investment, which will develop the technologies we need to produce more energy with better environmental stewardship."
"With gas prices again on the rise and millions of Americans still out of work, it is imperative that we do everything we can do to increase our domestic energy supply," said Toomey. "This administration has consistently denied bipartisan proposals to do just that, from denying the approval of the Keystone Pipeline to prohibiting new exploration and production across our country. These policies do not help lower prices at the pump and they deny middle class Americans thousands of new jobs. This bill will go a long way towards reversing many of these flawed policies."
The bill is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity, Americans for Limited Government, Americans for Tax Reform, National Taxpayers Union, Western Business Roundtable.