WASHINGTON DC - This week, key legislation promoting American energy production, job creation, opposition to high gas prices and fuel manufacturing was voted on in the U.S. House.
For years, Illinois has suffered the brunt of high gas prices which have heaped immeasurable burdens on middle class families, Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14) said in a statement Thursday.
"Energy prices are an ever-present concern for Americans who drive their kids to school, commute to their jobs, cool their homes, run their manufacturing plants and harvest their crops—yet find their paychecks don’t go as far as they used to in the current economic climate,” Rep. Hultgren said. “The administration’s current stance on energy isn’t helping the individuals and families I represent in the 14th District. Nor is it helping the businesses I represent to keep the lights on."
It is time to pursue North American energy independence—a truly all-of-the-above approach to energy production, Hultgren said. He listed energy legislation which he supported in the U.S. House.
While Hultgren and other Republicans are enthusiastic about the legislation passing as solutions to America's growing energy concerns, the chances of the legislation passing the U.S. Senate and being signed into law by the President are slim.
- North American Energy Infrastructure Act (H.R. 3301) would prevent another Keystone debacle by modernizing the approval process for cross-border pipelines and eliminating the Presidential Permit requirement.
- Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America That Works Act (H.R. 4899) would open new areas to energy exploration and development on our vast onshore and offshore federal lands. Since the president took office, federal oil production has been driven down six percent and federal natural gas down 28 percent. H.R. 4899 bill seeks to reverse these trends.
- Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act (H.R. 6) which would streamline and modernize the permitting process for liquefied natural gas (LNG) export applications when facilities are in the national interest. Currently, there are 26 pending applications stalled by the Energy Department. As Russia exploits the energy dependence of our European partners, H.R. 6 can help create economic opportunities domestically and combat Russia’s dominant position abroad.