House Dems Vote Against Creating American Jobs and American Energy

May 5, 2011

FYI, a similar version of this release below went out to the following districts: Tim Bishop (NY-01), Bruce Braley (IA-01), Russ Carnahan (MO-03), Gerry Connolly (VA-11), Raul Grijalva (AZ-07), Martin Heinrich (NM-01), Brian Higgins (NY-27), Jim Himes (CT-04), Steve Israel (NY-02), Bill Keating (MA-10), Dale Kildee (MI-05), Ron Kind (WI-03), David Loebsack (IA-02), Carolyn McCarthy (NY-04), Jerry McNerney (CA-11), Gary Peters (MI-09), Betty Sutton (OH-13), John Tierney (MA-06), Niki Tsongas (MA-05), Pete Visclosky (IN-01), John Yarmuth (KY-03)
Yarmuth Votes Against Creating American Jobs and American Energy
Kentucky Democrat Rejects Efforts to Lower Gas Prices When Families are Hurting Most

Washington — While gas prices continue to heavily burden middle-class families and small businesses throughout Kentucky, John Yarmuth again voted today to continue the Democrats’ policies of stifling domestic energy production. The Democrats’ incredible out-of-touch energy policies are proving to be overwhelmingly unpopular with voters, and yet Yarmuth continues to toe the party line by voting against a bill that would reduce our dependency on foreign oil, create jobs and even generate $40 million in revenue in the process.

“Today’s vote is just another example of how John Yarmuth’s Washington priorities are a world away from the needs of his constituents in Kentucky who are struggling under the burden of rising gas prices,” said NRCC Communications Director Paul Lindsay. “The fact that Yarmuth voted against a bill which would reduce America’s dependency on foreign oil, create quality jobs and even generate $40 million in revenue demonstrates the lengths he will go to protect the Democrats’ efforts to stifle domestic energy production.”

Skyrocketing gas prices are heavily burdening middle-class families across America, severely threatening job growth and economic recovery:

“The high gas prices limited gross domestic product growth in the first quarter, and have taken a bite out of jobs, the most important economic indicator for the White House.”

“‘The higher gas prices act like a pernicious tax increase on the economy,’ [Moody’s Analytics Economist Mark] Zandi wrote in an email to The Hill. ‘Consumers are literally taking their payroll tax cut and putting it into their gas tank.'” (Ian Swanson, “Gas prices threaten ‘bin Laden bounce,'” The Hill, 5/5/11)

The Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act would raise $40 million in revenue, in addition to reducing our dependency on foreign oil and creating jobs:

“The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Friday released an estimate that said H.R. 1230, the ‘Restarting American Offshore Leasing Now Act,’ would bring in an estimated $40 million in revenues over the next decade, and would cost just $2 million to implement.” (Pete Kasperowicz, “CBO says energy bill up next week in the House would increase federal revenues,” The Hill‘s E2 Wire Blog, 4/29/11)

Despite all this, John Yarmuth voted against the measure. (H.R. 1230, Roll Call Vote #298, Passed 266-149: R 233-2; D 33-147, 5/5/11)

Middle-class families in Kentucky continue to struggle with skyrocketing prices at the gas pump while Yarmuth in Washington votes against a bill that could have made things better for Kentuckians at the pump. Despite the fact that these families and small businesses are being crushed under the burden of high energy costs, Yarmuth indicates that he will continue to support the Democrat party line of stifling energy production and allowing prices to rise.

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