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The following was written by Congressman Joe Barton (TX-6):
America’s new found energy abundance creates incredible opportunities, but old laws are getting in the way of economic growth and the chance to strengthen security here and abroad.
Our nation is blessed with a bounty of natural resources, but until recently much of it remained out of reach.
The House passed three pieces of legislation this week - H.R. 6, The Domestic Prosperity and Global Freedom Act H.R. 3301, the, North American Energy Infrastructure Act and Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act – in an effort to unleash American energy in order to drive down gas prices and make our country less reliant on foreign sources of energy. Each of these bills would improve America’s energy policies by cutting through bureaucratic red tape, promoting job creation, and expanding the production of our natural resources. Read more »
Railroad Commissioner candidate Ryan Sitton's campaign recently released poll numbers showing him in a strong position to win the May 27th runoff election. The poll conducted in April 2014 by Baselice & Associates showed that both Sitton and Christian are relatively unknown and most voters are undecided, but when voters hear information about both candidates, Ryan Sitton surges ahead. (Key findings from the survey are listed below.)
What that means in this race is that resources are crucial. Whoever has the ability to raise their name ID and effectively deliver a message should win. The person who has demonstrated that ability in the past is Ryan Sitton. Read more »
Today, I released the following statement regarding the April unemployment report:
While today's report is good news for those who were able to find work, there is more that can be done to give the American people the robust growth that they deserve. Earlier this week it was reported that our GDP grew at a sluggish rate of 0.1% in the first quarter of the year and today’s report indicated that our labor force participation rate hit historical lows. Read more »
I spoke this morning at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC. Watch the entire speech below.
I outlined a positive agenda that includes an American energy renaissance, repealing Obamacare, expanding school choice, abolishing the IRS, ending corporate welfare, auditing the Federal Reserve, and term limits. Read more »
I went into the House Chamber Tuesday night hopeful that the President would put forth real solutions to move our country forward. Instead, I heard more of the same rhetoric and policies that got us here in the first place - and no specifics on how to change it. Read more »
I issued the following statement reacting to the State Department’s Environmental Impact Study for the Keystone XL Pipeline:
Now that the State Department has released its final Environmental Impact Study, it is time for the President to quit delaying and act on what is the national interest, not the interest of those in his corner politically.
In a poll released today regarding the race for Texas Railroad Commission, Ryan Sitton's campaign gained 4.25% from last week's poll. This week's poll shows Sitton at 17%. This week's poll of Republican Primary voters was conducted by Mike Baselice founder of the highly regarded firm Baselice & Associates.
Former State Rep. Wayne Christian and SREC Committeewoman Becky Berger are in a close race for second with 13% and 12%, respectively while Malachi Boyuls trails heavily at 4%.
As is usual, in the race for Texas Railroad Commission, a full 56% of Republican Primary voters polled are still undecided, but that percentage is down nearly 10% from last week. Read more »
The new tower built around the 9/11 memorial is a reminder of American ingenuity and American resolve as a new and bigger tower is built on the real estate where the original towers were brought down. Consider the tower New York giving the middle finger to terrorists as New Yorkers simply rebuilt the tower. The memorial is divided into two parts, the first being the actual buildings that will surround the memorial, and the second part is the creation of hallow grounds as fountains are built where the old towers stood and the fountains are surrounded by the names of those who perished. A museum will soon be completed, reminding Americans of what happened and why.
The buildings are just part of the American spirit that could break the back of our adversity if we are allowed. We are on the verge of being energy independent with the fracking revolution allowing us to grab energy
For the first time in nearly 20 years, the United States is producing more crude oil than it imports. U.S. oil output is soaring due to the fracking boom in North Dakota and, yes, in Texas and some other areas. That is the reason.
The Energy Information Administration said this week that oil production by barrels is up 11 percent from last year and 63 percent over the last 5 years.