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Pombo calls for end of obstruction on energy policy

Washington, DC - In just the first 100 days of the 109th Congress, under the leadership of House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL), the U.S. House of Representatives has passed an array of legislation to improve the economy and to create good jobs for American workers. The House-passed Energy Policy Act, for example, would add an additional 1 million jobs or more in America.

"At today's prices, the United States is sending $200 billion-worth of American jobs and economic growth overseas to import our energy every year," said Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-CA). "The Energy Policy Act will invest capital right here at home to produce more of our own energy resources, create jobs and bolster our economy. The Saudi royal family has enjoyed job security at our expense long enough."

Recognizing that energy is truly the lifeblood of a strong economy, the Resources Committee's provisions of the Energy Policy Act will put Americans to work to increase domestic supplies of all energy including renewable, wind and solar power. The effort to allow safe and responsible energy production in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) alone will create 735,000 jobs. As passed by the full House last week - for the fifth time in four years - the Energy Policy Act will create a total of more than 1 million new jobs.

"Democratic party leadership has stood in the way of new jobs and energy security for four long years," Pombo continued. "Despite the obstructionist rhetoric and repeated votes against energy solutions, American workers have made it clear that the National Energy Policy Act is good for consumers and our economy."

Recognizing the energy bill's potential to create jobs, union members from The International Brotherhood of Teamsters, The United Association, The Iron Workers International Union, Operating Engineers, Laborers and Carpenters, The Seafarers, International Organization of Masters, Mates & Pilots, the Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association and American Maritime Officers all gathered on Capitol Hill last month in support of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

"American labor unions tirelessly pressed Congress on this legislation to help their fellow workers and their families," Pombo said. "Together, we have put the ball in the Senate's court yet again. It's time for obstructionist Senators to rise above partisan politics, do what's right for the country and deliver the energy bill to the President's desk, as he requested, by August. Continued obstruction on this measure will only fuel higher prices and unemployment."








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