Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) joined his Republican colleagues to urge the Democrat Leadership to bring the House back to session to address the current energy crisis by bringing the American Energy Act to a vote.
"We should be in session; the other side of the aisle should be here engaging in meaningful debate to address this issue. We should have never gone into a five-week recess without addressing the issue of gas prices," said Royce.
On a party line vote Democrats agreed to head into a five-week recess without addressing the number one issue facing Americans - soaring gas prices. Families across the nation are only weeks away from dealing with yet another problem - the high costs of home heating.
"I've conducted town halls and coffees throughout my district and I've had an opportunity to listen to the concerns of my constituents. Overwhelmingly, they are concerned about the high cost of gas prices. I am back in D.C. to demand the Democrat Leadership bring the American Energy Act to a vote.
High gas prices are affecting the pocketbooks of Americans across the country and straining family budgets. The families of the 40th district don't understand why Congress has done nothing to solve this energy crisis. Frankly, I can't understand it either."
Royce supports the American Energy Act, which will increase the supply of American-made energy, improve conservation and efficiency, and promote renewable and alternative energy technologies. For weeks Republicans have asked the Democrat Leadership to bring this bill to the floor.
"They don't have to vote for it but at least allow us the opportunity to represent our constituents back home," said Royce.
Royce is an original cosponsor of the "American Energy Act" and a cosponsor of the "No More Excuses Energy Act"; both bills would increase domestic energy supplies.