Hall Supports Domestic Energy and Jobs Act
June 21, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC . . .Today, Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04) voted with a House majority to pass H.R. 4480, The Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, a package of bills geared towards increasing domestic energy production and putting Americans back to work. The legislation passed, 248-163.
“My top priority is to fix America’s high unemployment and weak economy, which is why I am pleased the House passed the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act package today,” said Hall. “More than 13 million Americans are out of work, and the current average price for a gallon of gas is $3.50 – that’s more than double the price than when the present President took office. This added burden hurts hard-working families and hinders small businesses from growing and hiring new workers.”
Hall continued, “By pursuing a comprehensive energy plan, hundreds of thousands of jobs can be created. Not only would small businesses face less energy obstacles when hiring new workers, but as new energy resources are developed, there would be an immediate need for new manufacturers, leasing specialists, rig operators, and other positions.
“Utilizing America’s vast, untapped energy resources will also move us toward achieving energy independence from other, unfriendly countries. This would provide Americans with more affordable energy and better national security.
“The only thing preventing the United States from becoming a world leader in energy production is bureaucratic red tape. We must remove these barriers put in place by the Administration – permitting delays, declining production on federal land, restricted access, and stifling regulations – and that is what the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act focuses on accomplishing. We must unleash the full energy potential of this nation. It is crucial to our quality of life and standard of living.
“I hope the Democrat-controlled Senate will pass this responsible bill and take up the nearly 30 jobs bills currently sitting on the Senate Floor. I will continue to fight for legislation that provides a positive environment for job creation and delivers Americans an affordable and reliable energy supply.”
Bills included in Domestic Energy and Jobs Act package:
· H.R. 4480, Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012: links tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to increasing energy production on federal lands.
· H.R. 4471, Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012:would require an interagency committee to conduct a cumulative analysis on certain Environmental Protection Agency rules and actions that impact the price of gasoline and diesel fuels.
· H.R. 4381, Planning for American Energy Act of 2012: would require the Secretary of the Interior to establish an all-of-the-above energy program for federal lands by reviewing the nation’s energy needs and then establish goals for federal land energy production to meet those needs from all energy sources, oil, natural gas, coal, and renewables.
· H.R. 4382, Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012: would require a minimum annual acreage leasing plan of lands open for leasing each year, set firm timelines for the Secretary of the Interior to issue leases and give rulings on lease protests, and prohibit the Secretary from withdrawing leases and adding additional lease stipulations after they have been sold.
· H.R. 4383, Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012: would ensure a reliable permitting process to increase American energy production, remove government roadblocks that hinder and delay American energy production and job creation, and streamlines the process for energy permitting.
· H.R. 2150, National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act: will ensure oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.
· H.R. 2752, Bureau of Land Management Live Internet Auctions Act: gives the Secretary of the Interior the authority to conduct Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure the best return to the Federal taxpayer, reduce fraud, and secure the leasing process.