Hoyer on his Amendment to Advance Alternative Fuels in the Military

thank you very much. i thank the gentlelady from new york. mr. speaker, this morning i TimeCode: 11:43:03.7 want to express my deep disappointment that the rules committee declined to make my amendment concerning one of the most vital national security issues facing our nation, our continued dependence on foreign sources of oil, in order. TimeCode: 11:43:22.2 as jim woolsey, the former c.i.a. director, has stated, and i quote, the future of our economic and national security is more than ever coupled to our energy policy. that is why i believe this amendment was so appropriate on TimeCode: 11:43:36.4 this bill. let me stress the amendment that i offered, along with congressman bart gordon and mark udall, who is on the floor with us right now, was decidedly nonpartisan. it was not offered in an attempt to gain short-term TimeCode: 11:43:51.6 political advantage. it was offered in an attempt to encourage this body to focus on the national security implications of our continued addiction to oil, of which the president spoke in his state of the union. TimeCode: 11:44:08.6 and to suggest practical methods to address that addiction. let me add, when i testified before the rules committee on tuesday, i was pleased with the serious discussion of this amendment as well as the virtually unanimous support of TimeCode: 11:44:23.7 the concept of this amendment. there was no opposition stated by any member of the committee on either side of the aisle. in short, this amendment called for three things. first, it would have authorized $250 million for the advanced research project agency on TimeCode: 11:44:42.1 energy or arpae within the department of entering. it would encourage and support our best and brightest researchers and scientists to develop cutting edge technology necessary to make america entering independent. TimeCode: 11:44:56.7 secondly, the amendment would have required the secretary of defense, in consultation with the secretary of energy, and the director of the national intelligence to study and report to congress on the national security implications of our increasing demand for foreign oil. TimeCode: 11:45:14.5 finally, the amendment would increase the funds available for the defense energy support center which bis and manages oil and other energy slies for the military service, the largest user of petroleum in our country. TimeCode: 11:45:28.7 it also would have increased the funds available for the advanced power technology office which promotes the increased use of fuel cells, electric hybrids, and hydrogen for military and TimeCode: 11:45:41.2 homeland defense vehicles and equipment. she's proposals would have been paid for, mr. speaker, by shifting more than $300 million in excess funds from $9.1 billion proposed for ballistic TimeCode: 11:45:55.4 missile defense programs. i refer to them as excess because the staff says they cannot be spent in fiscal year 2007. let me conclude by saying that it is imperative that the members address this vital issue. TimeCode: 11:46:09.9 i'm pleased mr. skelton, mr. spratt, other members were supportive. energy independence must be addressed in a serious thoughtful manner. when we put our minds to something, in my opinion, americans can solve any of the problems that confront them. TimeCode: 11:46:26.4 now more than ever we must focus on addressing our addiction to foreign sources of oil. may i have 15 seconds. ms. slaughter: i yield the gentleman another 15 seconds. mr. hoyer: i want to say in closing i deeply regret that this important issue was not TimeCode: 11:46:43.0 allowed to come to the floor. i understand the portions of this, only a portion, was considered in the committee. but surely the issue of addiction to petroleum products which our president has talked about is worthy of bringing to TimeCode: 11:46:59.5 this floor. i would have couraged that it -- urged that it be done so. i oppose this rule because i believe it has been restrictive to the detriment of our national security and democracy in this house.