Jun 19, 2012

McCarthy: Senate Democrats Have No Excuse Not to Act on Domestic Energy and Jobs

Washington D.C. – House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA-22) gave the following remarks in support of The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act – a bipartisan bill that will create needed American jobs and ensure our energy future:

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“We have a series of seven bills in this package introduced by Cory Gardner (CO-04) that present an opportunity to achieve much needed job growth, reverse our trade deficit and actually strengthen our foreign policy. These are all bipartisan bills that are coming out of Committee and there is no excuse for the Senate not to act. This will come off the House floor this week and will create jobs and help America become energy independent.”

TRANSCRIPT:

“As the Speaker and the Leader have talked about, there are avenues and ways in which we can achieve American job creation. Just a few years ago, the talk was that we were going to need to import natural gas. The price at home was too high and a lot of manufacturing jobs had left to move overseas. So, we went out and explored and now we have a natural gas surplus. Now the price is low and you are beginning to read about manufacturing jobs making their way back to America based upon the ability to produce more energy and lower the cost.

“Just look at what’s happening across the country. In the House we have the House Energy Action Team which is a group of members that went across the country to explore how domestic energy production is impacting our state and local economies. I went to North Dakota where their unemployment rate is 3%. I paid close to $250 to stay at a Best Western, McDonalds is paying employees $15 per hour, the Wal-Mart was out of socks and the state doesn’t have enough housing to keep up with the population growth. All of this is based around the new technology that makes energy production readily available to us.

“It is true that we produce more oil today than we have in the past. However, this is on private lands, not publicly owned lands. Production on public lands has actually decreased by over 11% and permitting in the Obama administration is at its lowest point since 1984.

“We have a series of seven bills in this package, introduced by Cory Gardner (CO-04), that present an opportunity to achieve much needed job growth, reverse our trade deficit and actually strengthen our foreign policy. These are all bipartisan bills that are coming out of Committee and there is no excuse for the Senate not to act. This will come off the House floor this week and will create jobs and help America become energy independent.”