Constituent Mailbag: What’s Congress Doing to Tackle High Energy Prices?
Posted by Press Office on June 28, 2013
Congressman Boehner recently received an email from Floyd, a small businessman from West Chester, asking what Congress is doing to address high energy prices. In response, Boehner recorded a brief message highlighting two “all of the above” energy bills passed by the House of Representatives this week. These bills – both part of our Plan for Economic Growth & Jobs – will expand offshore energy production to create new American jobs, and help lower costs for families and small businesses.
Read more about these two bills here and take a minute to watch Boehner’s message below:
“Hi, I’m John Boehner.
“I recently received an email from Floyd, a small businessman from West Chester, Ohio, who told me that high energy costs are hurting his business, and he’d like to know what I’m doing to help bring down the prices.
“Floyd, House Republicans are committed to a true all-of-the-above energy approach that will lower energy prices and create good American jobs.
“That means we want to see more affordable energy options for the country, not less.
“To this end, the House will vote this week on two more bills that will expand American energy production. One of those bills is the Offshore Energy & Jobs Act, will increase energy production by unlocking our nation’s most resource-rich offshore areas.
“Rest assured, Floyd, addressing the high cost of energy by removing unnecessary government barriers to responsible domestic energy production will remain a top priority for the House.
“Thanks again for your question.
“If you have a question that you’d like to ask, please visit JohnBoehner.House.gov and contact me today.”
No Excuses, Lead Like a President (and Approve Keystone Jobs)
Posted by Press Office on May 07, 2012
A new application to construct the Keystone XL pipeline has left President Obama out of excuses for rejecting the project as Republicans prepare to fight for it in key transportation legislation negotiations, which are set to begin tomorrow. Friday’s filing “gives ammunition to the Republicans,” one energy expert told Bloomberg, and “it may create pressure on Obama.”
“Republicans pounced on the news,” with both Congressman Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) pointing out that the new application leaves President Obama out of excuses for blocking the project – and the 20,000 “new, real U.S. jobs” that go with it:
With the filing coming on the same day the Department of Labor issued another disappointing unemployment report, the Associated Press noted that President Obama is “under pressure to support the pipeline from Republicans and business and labor leaders who argue it would create jobs.” Indeed, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka reiterated union support for the project, saying on C-SPAN: “I think we are all unanimous by saying we should build the pipeline.”
The president is in a tough spot, having gone to great lengths to appease the environmental lobby and try to kill the pipeline – even personally lobbying Senate Democrats and threatening to veto critical transportation legislation. Now that he’s boxed into a corner, will Senate Democrats continue to do President Obama’s bidding or will they heed the House’s strong bipartisan vote and do the right thing for jobs and the economy?
“Little Rational Basis” for POTUS to Continue Blocking Keystone XL
Posted by Press Office on May 02, 2012
The Washington Post editorial board today said “[t]he case for ultimately approving the Keystone XL pipeline — always strong — has grown stronger.” The only thing at which Keystone’s opponents might succeed is “relocating some construction jobs outside the United States,” and “President Obama’s refusal so far to authorize Keystone XL has little rational basis.” Read the full editorial here.
Support for the Keystone XL energy project is broad and bipartisan. Both Republicans and Democrats, editorial boards, governors, job creators, labor unions, and a majority of the American people want Keystone approved because it will create thousands of new jobs and help address high energy prices.
Investor’s Business Daily calls Keystone XL “the most shovel-ready project in history.”
Republicans Ready Bills to Promote Onshore American Energy Production, Create Jobs
Posted by Press Office on April 30, 2012
Energy production on federal land has plummeted under President Obama – falling 11 percent for natural gas and 14 percent for oil from 2010-2011 – while gas prices have doubled on his watch. As part of the American Energy Initiative, House Republican have introduced new legislation to cut through the Obama administration’s excessive red tape that is holding back onshore energy production and costing jobs. Here’s a brief look at these bills, courtesy of the House Natural Resources Committee:
The committee held a hearing on these bills last week, where experts confirmed they will encourage more American energy production and create jobs:
Speaker Boehner Meets With House GOP Negotiators to Discuss Keystone XL
Posted by Press Office on April 25, 2012
Speaker John Boehner met with the House Republican negotiators today who will work with the Democratic-controlled Senate to move forward on the Keystone XL energy project, as well as key infrastructure reforms designed to ensure taxpayer dollars used on roads and bridges are spent more effectively and efficiently.
Last week, a bipartisan, veto-proof House majority voted to require approval of the popular Keystone pipeline -- which President Obama has blocked, lobbied against, and even tried to take credit for. The project would create tens of thousands of American jobs and help address high gas prices. Below is a photo from the Speaker’s meeting:
The group of House Republican negotiators includes: Transportation Committee Chairman John L. Mica (FL), Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI), Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA), Science Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX), Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI), and Reps. Don Young (R-AK), John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN), Bill Shuster (R-PA), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rick Crawford (R-AR), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Richard Hanna (R-NY), Steve Southerland (R-FL), James Lankford (R-OK), Reid Ribble (R-WI), Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Rob Bishop (R-UT), Chip Cravaack (R-MN), and Ed Whitfield (R-KY).
“Carrying President Obama’s Water,” Dem Leaders “Not Going to Help” Create Keystone Jobs
Posted by Press Office on April 25, 2012
Despite overwhelming support for the Keystone XL energy pipeline and the 20,000 “new, real U.S. jobs” that go with it, Democratic leaders continue to “carry President Obama’s water,” defy the American people, and reiterate their opposition to the proposal. From The Hill report today:
Congressman Boehner today made clear that Republicans would fight for the Keystone pipeline because it would both create jobs and address high gas prices:
Later today, the House will follow up on its veto-proof vote for the Keystone XL pipeline by formally entering intonegotiations with the Senate on transportation legislation. Despite the president’s personal efforts to block Keystone, the project continues to gain momentum, leaving him “increasingly isolated.” And while Democratic leaders in both chambers continue to do the president’s bidding in opposing the project, it’s clear the project enjoys enough bipartisan support among rank-and-file members.
Keystone is an important component of Republicans’ “all of the above” energy strategy to address high gas prices and create jobs, and it’s just one of many gas price bills that remain blocked by Senate Democrats. Learn more atspeaker.gov/energy and by “liking” the American Energy Initiative.
With Gas Prices “Still Slamming Small Business,” GOP Continues Focus on Addressing High Gas Prices & Creating Jobs
Posted by Press Office on April 24, 2012
Small businesses account for two-thirds of the new jobs created in America, but persistently high gas prices are forcing them to put hiring on hold as they struggle to stay afloat. According to a new survey released today, nearly half of small business owners have already seen their profits narrow as energy costs climbed, and the vast majority (82 percent) say higher prices will have an impact on their businesses, echoing the findings of another recent U.S. Chamber of Commerce survey. Here are just a few examples of what small business owners are facing as a result of President Obama’s failed energy policies, in their own words:
President Obama made things worse for small business owners grappling with high gas prices by blocking more American energy production at every turn, rejecting and personally lobbying against the Keystone pipeline,demanding tax hikes that will increase costs and recycling old gimmicks that will do nothing to relieve the pain at the pump.
House Republicans have a different approach, the American Energy Initiative, designed to harness America’s energy resources to address gas prices, and fuel economic growth and the new American jobs that come with it. That effort will continue this week with:
The Republican-led House has already passed nearly 30 bills to help address gas prices and create jobs that are languishing in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Instead of allowing these bills to collect dust, President Obama owes it to the American people to make good on his stated support for Republicans’ “all-of-the-above” energy policy by calling on Senate Democrats to take action and help get these critical jobs and energy bills enacted.Follow this week’s American Energy Initiative action by “liking” it on Facebook: Facebook.com/americanenergy, and see what else Republicans have done to help small businesses put Americans back to work with the RepublicanPlan for America’s Job Creators at jobs.gop.gov.
Moving One Step Closer to Keystone Jobs
Posted by Press Office on April 23, 2012
This week, the House will follow up on its veto-proof vote for the Keystone XL pipeline by entering intonegotiations with the Senate on transportation legislation. The Hill calls this “the next phase of House Republicans’ push to speed” the pipeline and the 20,000 “new, real U.S. jobs” that go with it.
“Republicans,” today’s Roll Call notes, “point to last week’s veto-proof majority for a transportation bill with the Keystone XL pipeline attached as a stunning rebuke for the president.” Indeed, despite the president’s personal efforts to block Keystone, the project has gained momentum over the last week.On Tuesday, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman signed legislation moving the pipeline forward, and continued to push the project over the weekend:
“A couple days ago officials in Nebraska unveiled a new preferred route for the state's portion of the Keystone XL oil pipeline that was supposed to run from Canada to Texas. … Governor Dave Heineman signed a bill this week that will allow some state oversight in where the line is laid. The governor says getting it in the ground is one of his priorities. … Heineman says it's still important to keep pushing for the pipeline, since it will provide for a greater level of energy independence and create more jobs in the state. “ (KTIV-TV, 4/21/12)In an editorial today, The Globe and Mail, a Canadian newspaper, applauded the move: “TransCanada Corp.’s revised proposal to the State of Nebraska on the Keystone XL Pipeline is welcome … TransCanada’s refiling is particularly topical, at a time of high gasoline prices and the crude-oil traffic jam further south on the pipeline route, at Cushing, Okla. … In January, Barack Obama declined to give prompt approval to TransCanada’s previous plan. ... This decision was well received by environmentalist groups in the U.S., who generally favour the Democrats…
All this has left President Obama “increasingly isolated” as the House prepares for negotiations with the Democratic-run Senate, where the project enjoys enough bipartisan support that the president had to personally lobby Senate Democrats to block it. Will he do this again?
While the White House Wastes Time on Gimmicks, GOP Takes Action to Address Gas Prices & Create Jobs
Posted by Press Office on April 20, 2012
More than two-thirds of American families are facing financial hardship on account of President Obama’s failed energy policies that have driven up the price of everything from gas to groceries, according to a recent CBS News/New York Times survey. While President Obama recycled a tired gimmick this week that will do nothing to address high gas prices (and could even make them worse), House Republicans continued taking action under the American Energy Initiative to unlock America’s resources, create jobs and ease the pain at the pump and the checkout line. Here’s how:
Under the framework of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators, House Republicans have sent nearly 30 jobs and energy bills to the Democratic-controlled Senate where they continue awaiting action. In remarks earlier this week, Speaker Boehner challenged President Obama to set aside the gimmicks and campaigning, and work with Congress to help get these bills enacted and provide some measure of relief to the families and small business that desperately need it. The president says he supports Republicans’ all-of-the-above energy policy, it’s time he shows the American people his support is more than just words by calling on Senate Democrats to act. Follow the progress of the American Energy Initiative by “liking” it on Facebook, and learn more about the Republican jobs plan atjobs.gop.gov.
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From Gas to Groceries, High Energy Prices Under President Obama a “Hidden Tax Increase” On “Everyone and Everything”
Posted by Press Office on April 19, 2012
Last night, a bipartisan, veto-proof majority of the House ignored President Obama’s veto threat and voted to require approval of the Keystone XL energy project. “The vote was 293 to 127, with 69 Democrats crossing the aisle to vote yes,” according to the New York Times. HuffPost Hill says the vote would prevent “the president from vetoing the Keystone pipeline…”
Keystone is an important part of Republicans’ “all of the above” American Energy Initiative. By threatening to veto this popular project (after he blocked, personally lobbied against, then tried to take credit for it), President Obama proved again he’s not serious about doing “all of the above” to create new jobs and address gas prices which havedoubled on his watch.
But high prices at the pump aren’t the only consequence of the president’s anti-energy policies. As Speaker John Boehner said in hailing last night’s Keystone vote, “The higher energy prices go, the more we all pay for everything from gasoline to groceries...” Investor's Business Daily (IBD) explains:
IBD calls rising energy prices “a hidden tax increase on the middle class and the working poor — indeed, on everyone and everything.”
Keystone XL will help create tens of thousands of new American jobs, and will deliver energy from the upper Midwest and Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast. With the large, veto-proof vote in favor of the project, the support of the state of Nebraska, and a new route submitted by the builder of the pipeline, President Obama is running out of excuses for blocking it. And with 64 percent disapproval of the way he’s handled gas prices, it’s clear the American people are running out of patience.