WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions (R-TX), Chairman of the House Rules Committee, today released the following statement regarding House passage of H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act of 2013:
“Today’s vote to increase energy production by unlocking our nation’s most resource-rich offshore areas underscores House Republicans’ commitment to an all-of-the-above energy strategy that will create jobs and boost our energy security. President Obama’s restrictive drilling policies – locking up 85% of our offshore areas – costs much-needed jobs, forfeits revenue that would pay down our skyrocketing debt, and denies access to domestic resources that would lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
“In a sharp contrast from House Republicans’ efforts, President Obama announced this week that he will introduce new energy taxes and mandates that will harm job creation and make energy more expensive for families and small businesses. Additionally, the President once again delayed construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. I will continue to stand up for North Texans by calling on the President to approve the pipeline and to expand American energy production so that we can help create jobs and ensure a brighter future for our nation.”