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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling - HR 1231 Floor Remarks

May 11, 2011

This truly is a tale of two parties.

  The Democrats have been very clear on their approach: heap additional taxes on producers – which will be instantly passed on to consumers -- and continue to delay and obstruct the development of America’s vast petroleum resources.  Higher prices at the pump, increasing dependence on foreign oil and thousands more families thrown out of work. 

  The Republicans have also been very clear on our approach: open America’s vast petroleum resources; triple our current production by 2027; cut foreign imports by one third.  Even more importantly, this measure means hundreds of thousands of new jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars of direct revenues into the national and state treasuries – not through higher costs for consumers but through growing prosperity for our country. 

  That’s the choice between the two parties, plain and simple – a choice, I believe, the American people are ready and eager to make. 

Floor Remarks by Congressman Tom McClintock, May 11, 2011.

HR 1231 is part of a package of energy bills voted on by the House this week that will increase energy production, create jobs and lower prices.  The other bills are HR 1230 and HR 1229