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Wilson Highlights Back-to-School Energy Survey

September 17, 2008


September 17, 2008

CONTACT:    Ryan Murphy

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Calls on House Democrats to Support Relief for American Families and Schools


WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement today after House Republicans, led by Republican Leader John Boehner (OH-08) and Ranking Member of the Education and Labor Committee Republican Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (CA-25) released the results of a survey that highlights the effects of high energy prices on our nation’s schools.


“The results of this survey are troubling, and they dramatically highlight how high energy prices are hurting American families and our local schools.  That is why House Republicans have been calling on our Democrat colleagues to get to work on an all-of-the-above energy strategy.  In light of the information and testimonials included in this report, it is all the more disappointing that House Democrats have refused to support a sensible and serious all-of-the-above energy bill.


“Last month, I had the privilege of meeting with superintendents of Lexington County schools in the Second Congressional District of South Carolina, and they told me definitively that high energy prices meant they were going to cut back on school activities including fieldtrips, band trips, and sporting events.  They talked about how high energy prices would make it more difficult to recruit and retain special needs teachers.  These are highly qualified educators who may not live in the same communities they serve and have to commute many miles to work in schools who need their help.  The high price of fuel meant Lexington County schools would see anywhere between $15,000 and $100,000 additional yearly expenses.


“Last night, we had the opportunity to address these issues and pass an all-of-the-above energy bill that would invest in off-shore and on-shore energy exploration right here at home, renewable energy sources, and conservation.  Our bipartisan National Conservation, Environment, and Energy Independence Act (H.R. 6709) meets all of these goals, includes revenue sharing for coastal states, and does not  raise electricity bills for Americans through a mandated renewable energy standard.  Unfortunately, House Democrats chose to vote for political cover in the form of a hoax energy bill that has no chance of becoming law.”


A copy of the full report, “Strapped: Students & Schools Pay the Price for Democrats’ Failed Energy Policies” can be found here.



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