U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference and the American Energy Solutions Group, made the following statement today after Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and John Kerry (D-MA) introduced their “cap and trade” proposal:
Back in Indiana and across the country the American people want Congress to focus on their number one concern: jobs. Instead of working together to help create jobs, Senate Democrats introduced an energy bill that is just another jobs-killing national energy tax.
This proposal will inflict a lot of pain on our struggling economy. Even internal memos drafted in the Obama Administration suggest the average American household will be hit each year with more than $1,700 in new taxes, as a result of their own cap and tax plan. This is a bad deal at the worst time for American families.
House Republicans have a better plan, one that doesn’t impose a national energy tax on working families and small businesses. The ‘American Energy Act’ is an all-of-the-above energy solution that will create good paying jobs, chart a course for energy independence and help clean up our environment. It’s time that this Democrat Congress set aside their plans for a national energy tax and begin to focus on creating jobs for the American people.