Roby Votes on Passage of Energy, Jobs Act
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Representative Martha Roby today voted in support of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 4480. This legislation is a package of bipartisan domestic energy production bills that will help reduce energy costs and incentivize economic growth and job creation.
The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act was introduced by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), of which Rep. Roby is a member. The purpose of HEAT is to support policy initiatives that will increase domestic energy production, create jobs around the nation, and promote America’s energy independence. The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act passed the House today in a vote of 248-163.
Rep. Roby delivered the following statement in support of H.R. 4480.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act.
“Oil accounts for 37 percent of U.S. energy demand, with 71 percent directed to fuels that are used in transportation. Our energy policy is vitally important to our national and economic security. It is especially important to the mother who drives her children to school as it is to the business owner who operates a fleet of delivery vehicles.
“When the price of gasoline increases, Americans hurt. Last year alone, the price of gasoline increased 81 cents per gallon.
“That is why I do support an ‘all of the above’ approach to energy. This includes opening up new areas for American energy exploration, transitioning to renewable and alternative energy, and using more clean and reliable nuclear.
“The President in his last State of Union stated the same belief, but this administration has done nothing to back up that statement. The Executive Branch is using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for political purposes, imposing over-burdensome regulations on refineries, and placing obstacles to increasing permitting and leasing on federal lands for gas and oil production.
“During this administration we have seen a drastic decrease of oil production on federally owned lands at a time with high gas prices. From 2010 to 2011, there has been a fourteen percent decrease.
“The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act will enable job creators in the energy industry and increase domestic energy production here at home. The legislation that is before us today will turn the tide on this administration’s actions, or lack thereof, and allow our nation to move forward to our nation’s energy production thereby increasing jobs and bringing us closer to energy independence.
“I urge all of my colleagues to vote in favor of this bill,” said Rep. Roby.