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ICYMI: National Energy Tax Will Cost 2.5 Million American Jobs, Hitting Every Region in the Country

June 23, 2009

US Congressman Henry E. Brown, Representing the 1st District of South Carolina
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact Henry E. Brown Office
June 23, 2009

Sharon P. Axson
Director of Communications
Office: 843-747-4175
Mobile: 843-478-6089
Email:Sharon.axson@mail.house.gov

Katie McKinney
Press Secretary
Office: 202-226-9397
Mobile: 202-997-6813
Email: Katie.McKinney@mail.house.gov
DEMOCRAT’S NATIONAL ENERGY TAX WILL COST 2.5 MILLION AMERICAN JOBS, HITTING EVERY REGION OF THE COUNTRY

WITH MILLIONS IN JOB LOSSES ALREADY THIS YEAR, IS A JOB-KILLING NATIONAL ENERGY TAX REALLY THE MESSAGE DEMOCRATS WANT TO SEND TO WORKERS, SMALL BUSINESSES?

The Democrat’s national energy tax is a massive job-killer. According to a National Black Chamber of Commerce study, the devastating plan will cost 2.5 million American jobs thanks to the higher energy costs it will force consumers, small businesses, and other employers to pay. The impact will be felt from coast to coast – literally. The following chart shows the projected job loss in every single region, with especially large job losses in areas of the country already hit hard by the recession:

Source: CRA International Study Prepared for National Black Chamber of Commerce, May 09
As the House prepares to vote on Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax as soon as this Friday, are Democrats representing these regions of the country really prepared to vote for even more job loss? Is that a message they want to bring home to middle-class families and small businesses in their districts heading into the Independence Day recess?

House Republicans don’t think so – and in an op-ed published in this morning’s Washington Examiner, House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-OH) highlighted the job-killing nature of Speaker Pelosi’s national energy taxes and House Republicans’ “all of the above” plan for more jobs, lower energy prices, and a cleaner environment.

All year long, Democrats have been promising more and more jobs, but nearly three million have been lost since January. After a record spending binge on the trillion-dollar “stimulus,” the $400 billion omnibus loaded with 9,000 earmarks, a $3.6 trillion budget that spends, taxes, and borrows too much, and endless bailouts, American workers are asking, “Where are the jobs?” If House Democrats get their way and pass Speaker Pelosi’s national energy tax, those jobs will be leaving America and headed to competitors like China and India, who won’t enact a national energy tax of their own. During this time of economic crisis, is this really a policy Washington Democrats want to pursue?

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