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Washington, D.C. – Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy released the following statement on House passage of H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More Jobs Act:

“Energy is the one bright spot in our lackluster economy. From North Dakota to Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and beyond, energy is revitalizing America’s economy. That means lower costs, more jobs, better pay, and increased economic security for hardworking Americans, even in a world that has become more unstable.

“The simple lesson from America’s energy boom is that the more domestic energy we produce in a safe and cost-efficient manner, the better off Americans are, and the better off the world is. While other energy producing countries like Russia use their resources as a weapon to repress others, our energy supports free trade and stability.

“Our current policy is stifling energy innovation, infrastructure, and production. We can’t build pipelines from where energy is to where it’s needed and it’s harder and harder to get permits to produce on our energy rich federal lands.

“The bill the House passed today builds upon our great energy renaissance by allowing for increased production and distribution. It takes power away from unelected bureaucrats and puts power back in the hands of private citizens who can make energy more affordable for every American. That’s good policy, smart economics, and the right thing to do, and the Senate has no excuse to ignore these solutions for America.”