WASHINGTON, D.C.- Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today announced her support for two energy bills passed in the House this week, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act, H.R. 2231, and the Outer Continental Shelf Transboundary Hydrocarbon Agreements Authorization Act, H.R. 1613.
“American families want Congress to pass commonsense solutions to lower prices at the pump and in grocery stores,” said Walorski. “I supported both measures to create thousands of jobs, strengthen national security, and move our country toward energy independence.”
These bills open areas in the Outer Continental Shelf to the development of oil and gas resources and approve an agreement reached between the United States and Mexico to allow energy exploration in the U.S.-Mexico boundary waters. By removing government barriers currently blocking development, the United States can move forward with energy production from our own resources. Under the Obama Administration, 85 percent of our offshore areas are currently off-limits to energy production.
“The House plans offer smart proposals to safely tap into our natural resources and expand energy production, putting Americans back to work. Our legislation stands in stark contrast to the President’s anti-coal, anti-job announcement earlier this week, promising to increase energy prices and burden American businesses,” said Walorski.