From the Office of Rep. Bill Sali
WASHINGTON, D.C. â€“ Republican Members of the House Natural Resources Committee walked out during a hearing today to protest the Majority partyâ€™s efforts to lock-up and further restrict energy resources in America at a critical time while also undermining the form of government instituted by the Founding Fathers.
Congressman Sali, a Member of the Committee, released the following statement:
â€œAmericans are paying, on average, $4.06 a gallon at the pump. Energy costs across the board continue to rise, whether fuel to drive, gas to heat homes or electricity. And yet today Democrats undermined our Constitutional form of government in an effort to lock up more American energy sources.
â€œBy using an antiquated and unconstitutional statute, the Democrats tried to seize extraordinary power elevating a single committee above the rest of Congress including the full House, the Senate and the President. Our form of government contemplates checks and balances essential to the American system. I will not stand by the Chairmanâ€™s attempt to make law by a majority vote of a single committee in the House of Representatives.
â€œThe Resolution today brought up by Chairman Rahall (D-WV) directs the Secretary of the Interior, Dirk Kempthorne, to immediately withdraw, for three years, more than one million acres of federal land in Arizona. That land contains the highest-grade known uranium deposits in America, potentially holding upwards of 10 to 20 percent of Americaâ€™s uranium reserves. The Democrat Majority seeks to legislatively withdraw these lands, by a vote, not of the House, Senate and signing by the president, but by the vote of 20 members of the House of Representatives,” said Sali.
This type of â€˜legislative vetoâ€™ is clearly unconstitutional under the United States Supreme Court case, INS v. Chadha.
Sali continued, â€œNuclear energy is already a source of clean power and holds great promise in meeting Americaâ€™s energy needs for the future. Uranium can be mined safely, and can be turned into a clean and abundant source of energy. We need all the energy we can get from all the sources we can access, including nuclear power. We should not be locking up American energy resources especially using a process based solely on legislative fiat.”
This was not the only bill opposing American energy development moved by the Democrats today. The committee also moved Rep. Barney Frankâ€™s (D-MA) H.R. 415, which designates Wild and Scenic Rivers status for a section of the Taunton River that flows through the middle of a highly developed area with a road, stop lights, street signs and all, literally on its banks. The measure would block a desperately needed gas pipeline in the New England area, which has some of the nationâ€™s highest energy costs.
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