House Passes Jobs and Energy Bill, Boehner Urges Senate and White House to Act
Congressman Boehner called into the Laura Ingraham show this morning in advance of a House vote on a bill to remove government barriers to energy production and jobs.
“The American people want us to move toward energy independence, and the American people are still asking the question, ‘Where are the jobs?’” Boehner said. “Here we have an opportunity to do both.”
“You know, U.S. energy production has in fact expanded. But it’s all expanded on private lands. If you look at what’s happening on public lands, the amount of energy production on public lands is actually declining. And we see the fewest number of federal permits on federal lands that we’ve seen in over a decade.
“It’s important for the long-term good of our country, and for our economy and jobs to open up federal lands for this type of energy production. It’s a win-win for the American people.”
The House passed the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act this afternoon by a vote of 248-163. The package is part of a series of bills from the GOP’s Plan for America’s Job Creators that includes an “all of the above” approach to create jobs and address high energy costs.
Sadly, despite persistently high unemployment, many of these jobs bills have been stalled by Democrats in the Senate. While talking with Laura, Congressman Boehner urged President Obama to encourage the Senate to act.
“We’ve got 30 House-passed bills that are sitting over in the United States Senate. We’ve been focused relentlessly for 18 months on the economy and jobs.
“All of these bills that are sitting over in the Senate came out of the House on bipartisan votes. If the president is serious about wanting to get Americans back to work he would pick up the phone and call Harry Reid and say ‘Listen, it’s time for the Senate to act on these bills.’”