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  • National Energy Tax
    Posted in Weekly Columns on June 24, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    The House Agriculture Committee concluded its first public hearing to review the Waxman-Markey climate change and energy bill (H.R. 2454) on June 11. This was the first time the committee had the opportunity to examine the impact this bill will have on production agriculture and rural America. Unfortunately, this may have been the only time. It is important to note that there were three witness panels during this hearing, which included the Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, and representati... Read more

  • Roe Statement on Cap-and-Tax Legislation
    Posted in Press Releases on May 20, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) gave the following statement on the House floor regarding the cap-and-tax legislation: "Mister/Madame Speaker, this week, House Democrats on the Energy and Commerce Committee are marking up a more aggressive cap-and-tax bill than what even the President has proposed. On the campaign trail last year, the President said his plan would cause electricity rates to skyrocket, and the bill being considered this week will cause electric utilities e... Read more

  • Cap and Tax: A New Welfare Program?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 20, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    While American families are already struggling to pay the bills and gas prices are on the rise, liberal lawmakers in Washington like Nancy Pelosi and Henry Waxman are working overtime to enact a massive new energy tax that will drive up costs and kill jobs in this country. I believe a healthy environment and a healthy economy can go hand in hand, but this new “cap and tax” approach is the wrong approach. Through conservation, responsible production of American sources of energy, and most importa... Read more

  • Cap and Trade: More Economic Harm Than Environmental Good
    Posted in Weekly Columns on May 6, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    Why would we hit U.S. families with thousands of dollars in new taxes and U.S. companies with government mandates that will push more jobs to China and India? The Obama Administration has called for comprehensive legislation to reduce greenhouse gases and address climate change, and House Democratic leaders appear willing to oblige. While many of us have varying opinions on whether global warming poses a threat, we should be able to agree that the solution being pushed, known as a “cap and trade... Read more

  • Cap and Trade or Cap and Tax?
    Posted in Weekly Columns on April 1, 2009 | Preview rr
    Tags: Jobs & Economy, Energy

    Families and small businesses across our nation and in the First District are struggling and looking for ways to hang on through these troubling economic times. They are not looking for empty rhetoric from Washington, but they are looking for real solutions. Congress needs a plan that curbs spending, creates jobs, lowers taxes, and controls the debt. One way we can help families and small businesses is to allow them to keep more of what they earn – not take it away by increasing taxes. That is w... Read more