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Wilson: “House Republicans have offered a plan.”

July 16, 2008

Wilson: “House Republicans have offered a plan.”

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) delivered the following remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives today.

“Mr. Speaker, yesterday President Bush announced that he would be lifting the Executive Branch moratorium on off-shore exploration for oil and natural gas.  I applaud the President’s actions.

“House Republicans have offered a plan to expand off-shore and on-shore energy supplies with conservation.  This is part of our comprehensive plan to lower energy prices and reduce our dependence on foreign oil.

“I hope my colleagues on the other side of the aisle will join House Republicans and the American people in calling for an immediate lifting of the Congressional ban on off-shore drilling.  We need to invest in future alternatives to oil; but until we find a viable, affordable alternative energy source that can move our cars and transport American commerce, we need to expand exploration of American-made oil and natural gas – particularly when we have the tools and knowhow to do it in an environmentally sound way.

“In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September 11th.”

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