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Roe Statement on H.R. 1229: Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act

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Washington, May 11, 2011 | comments

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-01) released the following statement on H.R. 1229: the Putting the Gulf Back to Work Act:

“When President Obama put in place a de facto moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico by refusing to consider many permit applications, businesses went bankrupt and jobs went to other countries. The slowing of oil and gas permits has devastated the Gulf.  Furthermore, tying the hands of our domestic energy producers only increases our dependence on foreign oil.

“That is why I am pleased the House passed  H.R. 1229.  It would end the de facto moratorium on American energy production in the Gulf of Mexico in a safe, responsible and transparent manner by setting firm timelines for considering permits to drill.  We need an all-of-the-above energy policy, and I urge swift passage of this legislation in the Senate so that we can get back to creating American-made energy.”

The House passed H.R. 1229 by a vote of 263-163.


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