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Senate Proceeding on May 18th, 2011 :: 3:31:25 to 3:37:15
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Saxby Chambliss

3:31:23 to 3:31:43( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: quorum call: mr. chambliss: mr. president? , i would ask that the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. chambliss: i rise to speak about our nation's energy policy or frankly our lack thereof. georgians are shocked every time they pull up to a gas pump both at the price per gallon and at

Saxby Chambliss

3:31:25 to 3:37:15( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Saxby Chambliss

Saxby Chambliss

3:31:44 to 3:32:04( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: the jaw-dropping cost each time they fill up their tanks. with rising food prices and a stagnant economy, skyrocketing gas prices could not come at a worse time. this situation illustrates why it is imperative touser congress to focus -- imperative for congress to focus on expanding and diversifying our energy sources so that the american

Saxby Chambliss

3:32:05 to 3:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: people are no longer held hostage bryces at the pump. the necessity of congressional action has become all too clear as we watch gas prices climb and unrest spread throughout the middle east, potentially threatening major sources of energy we import. it highlights the fact that we cannot afford to keep sending hundreds of billions of dollars

Saxby Chambliss

3:32:26 to 3:32:47( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: per year to foreign countries, many of which are not america's friends, to meet our energy needs. ait poses a threat to our national security and further harms our nation's struggling economy. this we can we are considering two pieces of legislation that both deal with domestic production of oil and gas. the reid proposal that aims to

Saxby Chambliss

3:32:48 to 3:33:08( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: stifle it and one introduced by leader mcconnell that increases offshore production while improving the safety of offshore drilling operations. funfortunately, the reid proposal would increase taxes on domestic production of oil and gas which would discourage domestic drilling and result in the loss of many american jobs associated

Saxby Chambliss

3:33:09 to 3:33:29( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: with the oil and gas industry. without incentives to produce oil and gas in the united states, there's real risk that energy companies will take many of their drilling operations overseas. this goes directly against goals that i know many of my democratic colleagues share of reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil and

Saxby Chambliss

3:33:30 to 3:33:50( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: encouraging job growth. moreover, as we watch gas prices rise, why would anyone want to impose new taxes on energy which will only further increase prices that americans pay at the pump. my colleagues across the aisle who support this legislation portray their proposal as a deficit-cutting measure.

Saxby Chambliss

3:33:51 to 3:34:11( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: as much as anyone here, i recognize the importance of reducing our federal deficit. but i do not support targeting one industry to bear the brunt of the deficit-cutting measures while others enjoy tax incentives. rather than hindering domestic production of oil and garks we

Saxby Chambliss

3:34:12 to 3:34:32( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: must edg encourage the development of abundant energy resources we have right here in the united states. and we must do so in an environmentally responsible manner. i was pleased that the reid proposal did not pass yesterday. as a cosponsor of leader mcconnell's offshore production safety act, i will continue to support domestic oil and gas exploration and

Saxby Chambliss

3:34:33 to 3:34:53( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: production. it is an essential component of a comprehensive energy policy that will enable america to become more energy-independent. as i hear more reports of new oil and natural gas deposits found within our borders and off america's shores, i am stunned that we are not doing more to encourage the development of

Saxby Chambliss

3:34:54 to 3:35:15( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: these resources. i can't think of a better means of improving our economy by both reducing america's energy imports and encouraging job growth. after the oil spill last year, the obama administration reviewed its drilling and permitting process for domestic oil and gas production and is

Saxby Chambliss

3:35:16 to 3:35:36( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: still in the process of revising it. while change is clearlied to be made, the department of interior continues to hold up and unnecessarily delay approval of drilling leases and permits. now is not the time to tie up much-needed energy production in bureaucratic red tape. senator mcconnell's bill would

Saxby Chambliss

3:35:37 to 3:35:57( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: streamline the permitting process while improving safety. a responsible energy policy that will make gas prices reasonable, lessen our dependence on foreign oil, and strengthen our economy will also result in increased domestic energy production, improved energy efficiency

Saxby Chambliss

3:35:58 to 3:36:19( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: through technology, increase conservation in a diversified energy supply through the use of renewable fuel sources. along with supporting america's oil and gas verntle we must also focus on other domestic energy sources, including nuclear energy, wind, clean coal, and solar power. that will allow us to achieve

Saxby Chambliss

3:36:20 to 3:36:42( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: sustainable energy independence. i am hopeful that in the 112th congress we'll take on some form of comprehensive energy legislation. for the sake of our national security and our economy, we need to take this issue on now. instead of kicking it down the road for others to hand. i encourage my colleagues to

Saxby Chambliss

3:36:43 to 3:36:56( Edit History Discussion )

Saxby Chambliss: support the mcconnell proposal. mr. president, i yield the floor and i suggest the absence of a quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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