Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) applauded House passage this week of two bills that will boost American energy by opening offshore areas kept off limits by the Obama administration (H.R.2231), and facilitating energy production along the maritime border in the Gulf of Mexico (H.R. 1613):
"Tapping America's natural resources is the key to making energy more affordable, revitalizing manufacturing, and creating jobs and restoring our nation of builders. The two bills passed by the House this week will help do that by unlocking the most resource-rich offshore areas, currently placed off limits by the Obama administration, and facilitating more oil and gas production in the Gulf. They're part of our all-of-the-above energy agenda, one of the cornerstones of our Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs. And they couldn't come at a more important time, as President Obama recently announced his plan to unilaterally impose a host of regulations that amount to a national energy tax.
"The president's war on jobs and energy is nothing new. Over the past four and a half years, his administration has blocked access to more American energy with a leasing plan that keeps 85 percent of our offshore areas under lock and key. It has throttled the development of one of our most cheap and abundant resource by rolling out reams of red tape on coal-fired energy producers. It has driven down oil and natural gas production on federal land by more than 10 percent. And the president himself bowed to political pressure by blocking the widely-popular Keystone pipeline and the tens of thousands of American jobs that come with it. Together, these misguided policies and failed leadership have kept affordable energy and jobs out of reach for families and small businesses, and prevented America from realizing its potential for real economic growth and prosperity.
"The Republican-led House will continue focusing on Americans' top priorities -- creating jobs and growing the economy -- by boosting American energy, cutting red tape, and fighting for the Keystone pipeline. With the economy stalled, wages stagnant, and millions of Americans still asking, "where are the jobs?,' President Obama ought to reverse course and work with us to unleash the power of America's resources and revitalize our nation of builders."