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Hensarling Votes to Lower Energy Costs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), a leading conservative and Chairman of the House Financial Services Committee,  issued the following statement in response to House passage of two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the production of American energy – the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement Authorization Act (H.R. 1613) and the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 2231):  

 
“All across our nation, far too many Americans are sitting around their kitchen tables wondering how they’re going to keep a roof over their head, put food on the table, and gas in their cars to drive kids to school and themselves to a job – if they’re fortunate enough to have one in the Obama economy.  These Americans are already struggling to make ends meet, and they’re wondering when they’re going to catch a break.  House Republicans want to provide them that break by through expanded offshore energy production which will lower the cost of energy and increase the creation of good-paying American jobs.  That’s why we passed the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreement Authorization Act (H.R. 1613) and the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act (H.R. 2231).  Both pieces of legislation will make it easier to explore for and produce energy from America’s offshore resources – helping lower the cost for Americans to fill up their cars and heat their homes, and creating good-paying American jobs.”      
 
“In stark contrast, President Obama and his radical environmental allies want to drive up the cost of energy.  When campaigning for the presidency, President Obama said he believed electricity rates needed to ‘necessarily skyrocket.’  After failing to ram an energy price-raising cap and trade plan through a Democratic-controlled Congress early in his first term, President Obama is back at it once again.  Earlier this week, President Obama has unveiled a plan to use the heavy hand of Washington’s regulatory authority to implement policies to accomplish his climate change agenda that will result in the destruction of American jobs and rising energy bills for American families.”  
 
“The contrast between President Obama and House Republicans couldn’t be clearer.”                
 
 
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