Today, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) joined his Republican colleagues on the House floor to demand an up or down vote on the "American Energy Act." Royce is an original cosponsor of this legislation.
"Democrats in Congress not only took the day off, but left this week without passing a single piece of legislation to address the skyrocketing gas prices American families are struggling with," said Royce.
"Although the Democrat leadership is taking today off, my colleagues and I are speaking today on the House floor to demand a lifting of the moratoriums placed on domestic energy production. The price of gas has doubled since the Democrats took over control of Congress, and the prohibitions on use of oil shale, coal to gas liquefaction, and further exploration is taking its toll on the economy, and helping drive inflation due to ever higher energy prices."
The American Energy Act is an "all above" strategy to solve this nation's energy crisis. This legislation will increase the supply of American-made energy, improve conservation and efficiency, and promote renewable and alternative energy technologies.
"The Democrats energy legislation doesn't allow for the environmentally responsible exploration on the Artic coastal plain, no development of advanced clean coal-to-liquid, no expansion of emission-free nuclear power, no new refineries, and no exploration for oil shale. The Democrats energy proposal isn't an all above approach it's a none of the above approach."
"I will continue to fight for the American worker struggling with the prices at the pump. It is vital that we utilize our nation's vast energy supplies. Doing so is an economic necessity and is vital to our national security especially at a time when the OPEC cartel announces its intention to curtail production in order to increase prices."