Monday, April 25, 2011
RSC Update: Working to Lower Gas Prices
From the Chairman
America has an abundance of energy resources. Unfortunately, we also have an overabundance of government interference that keeps much of this energy under lock and key. Since President Obama took office, the price of a gallon of gasoline has nearly doubled. And gas price spikes don’t just affect the price at the pump. Higher gas prices impact our grocery bills, our job opportunities, our travel plans, and thousands of other decisions.
In fact, every penny increase in a gallon of gasoline costs consumers nearly $4 million a day. Pennies are precious these days. Wouldn’t you rather save that money or spend it on other things your family or business needs? In an effort to reduce gas prices, spur job creation, and decrease America’s dependence on foreign energy, House Republicans launched the American Energy Initiative this year. In the coming months, we’ll be working to reverse the President’s drilling moratorium, produce more energy here at home, and alleviate the pain at the pump.
Keep up with the American Energy Initiative on Facebook (and “like” the RSC while you’re at it). We can create good jobs and help insulate our economy from energy shocks, but first we have to unlock the door.
Congressman Jim Jordan
Chairman, Republican Study Committee
RSC Media Activity – RSC members work hard to ensure that the conservative viewpoint is well-represented in all corners of the media. Visit our Media Center for more.
· Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07): Honest Leadership Requires Confronting Our Debt Crisis; The Culpeper Star-Exponent, April 19.
· Rep. Mick Mulvaney (SC-05): Budget Battle Must Be Fight for Prosperity, Not Political Gain; The Washington Times, April 20.
· Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04): Limit Debt Before Raising Debt Limit; Weekly Column, April 25.
House Floor Activity – The following key legislation came through the House of Representatives recently.
· The House was not in session last week.
Outlook – A quick look at what’s on the horizon.
· Next week, the House is expected to debate legislation to encourage domestic energy production and legislation to repeal spending slush funds created by ObamaCare.
· The House is also expected to consider H.R. 3, a bill with 228 bipartisan cosponsors that would prohibit all taxpayer funding for abortion.
· Each week the House is in session, the RSC Budget and Spending Taskforce compiles a weekly report on the latest budget and spending news. Additionally, the RSC Money Monitor tracks how bills passed by the House affect authorizations, mandatory spending, and federal government revenue.
House Republican Study Committee
Rep. Jim Jordan, Chairman
Paul Teller, Executive Director
Brad Watson, Policy Director
Bruce “Fez” Miller, Professional Policy Staff
Joe Murray, Professional Policy Staff
Curtis Rhyne, Professional Policy Staff
Ja’Ron Smith, Professional Policy Staff
Wesley Goodman, Director of Conservative Coalitions and State Outreach
Yong Choe, Director of Business Outreach and Member Services
Brian Straessle, Communications Director
Ben Miller, Deputy Communications Director
Cyrus Artz, Research Assistant