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June 27, 2014
House Approves Bill to Lower Gasoline Prices & Create Over One Million New Jobs
On Thursday, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 4899, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act, with a bipartisan vote of 229-185. This legislation would help ease the pain at the pump for American families and businesses by expanding production of American energy resources.
"Right now, American families and small businesses are feeling the squeeze of high gasoline prices, which are a drain to our entire economy. Since President Obama took office, gasoline prices have doubled and our federal energy resources have been put under tight lock-and-key. The passage of this bipartisan common sense plan is a bold step forward to unlocking America's energy resources that will create over one million new American jobs, strengthen national security, improve our economy, and help ease the pain at the pump for every American,"said Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA-04).
Witnesses Agree Proposed Water Rights Regulations Continue the "Obama Knows Best" Water Policies
On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Water and Power held an oversight hearing on "New Federal Schemes to Soak Up Water Authority: Impacts on States, Water Users, Recreation, and Job's." The hearing examined recent actions by the Obama Administration to turn over longstanding water rights and eliminate multiple land and water uses on and off federal lands.
The proposed "Waters of the U.S." regulation and the U.S. Forest Service's Groundwater Directive are additional measures proposed by the Obama Administration that many believe are land and water grabs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (U.S. Forest Service) and Bureau of Reclamation refused the Committee's invitation to send witnesses to testify and answer questions regarding the proposed regulations.
At the beginning of the hearing, the House and Senate Western Caucus and Water and Power Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock released a letter from House Members and Senators across the country urging U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to withdraw the Groundwater Directive.
Witnesses Stress the Important Role of Education in America's Energy Renaissance
On Tuesday, the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources held an oversight hearing entitled "American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Education." This hearing examined the new job opportunities that the American energy boom has created and how America's educational institutions are creating a skilled and educated workforce that's crucial to the continued growth of the energy sector.
"Universities and community colleges are working hand in hand with the energy industry to tailor their programs to the needs of the industry. This not only includes creating and reinforcing the requisite educational programs, but offering students internship and apprentice opportunities in the industry and bringing in highly qualified industry professionals to teach students the skills needed to succeed in the industry," said Subcommittee Chairman Doug Lamborn (CO-05).