WASHINGTON – House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today:
“This week, Republicans are doing nothing but pushing the failed Johnny-one-note policies of the past.
“Democrats agree that we need increased domestic drilling, and we have pushed oil companies to explore the 311 million acres already available to them, especially the 68 million acres, 33 million of which is in the OCS, where they hold leases but are not drilling. We have also encouraged increased exploration in Alaska. Republicans rejected both policies though they would have increased domestic oil supply.
“Where Democrats, and most Americans, really differ with Republicans is our focus on alternative energy. As one of their own colleagues said recently, Republicans only pay ‘lip service’ to alternative energy, but they are not truly interested in it. Alternative energy is how we will end our reliance on foreign oil and bring down energy prices for American consumers. If we followed the Republican plan, our nation would continue to be at the mercy of other nations for our energy supply and economic strength.
“Democrats will continue to pursue comprehensive energy solutions that will lower prices and end our reliance on foreign oil while creating jobs and strengthening our economy.”