The United States must adopt a long-term, multifaceted approach to address the current status of energy prices. We cannot allow the federal government to pick winners and losers when it comes to various forms of energy, and Congress can prevent this by enacting an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy. A comprehensive energy package that increases energy independence and job creation encourages the development of alternative and renewable energy sources, and promotes greater efficiencies and conservation for a cleaner environment. This approach would ensure that we are providing energy solutions without placing America at a competitive disadvantage with the rest of the world.
Cap and Trade
I do not support the job-killing “Cap and Trade” legislation that the House of Representatives passed in the 111th Congress. At a time when so many Americans face job losses and businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, I seriously question any bill proposing to increase the cost of energy. The tax burden businesses currently face is already crippling. Tacking on an energy tax to the cost of doing business to those producing goods and creating jobs along the lakeshore could be the final nail in the coffin for many. A national energy tax would created an uneven playing field and penalize Michigan's job-creators by increasing the cost of energy for all businesses - and consumers.
For generations we have allowed ourselves to become too dependent on foreign sources of energy, thereby risking our economic and national security. We must have a plan moving forward, an all-of-the above approach, one much like the American Energy Initiative.
American Energy Initiative
Americans want Washington to get out of the way so we can produce more American energy, lower gas prices, and help small business begin hiring again. To answer that call, Republicans have announced the American Energy Initiative, an ongoing effort with three goals:
Stopping government policies that are driving up gas prices;
Expanding American energy production to lower costs & create more jobs; and
Promoting an “all of the above” strategy to increase all forms of American energy.
I am glad to see the Chicago Tribune focus on the threat Asian carp pose to the Great Lakes as well as some of the innovative actions taken to prevent this invasive from entering Lake Michigan. As co-chair of the Great Lakes Task Force, protecting the Great Lakes remains one of my top priorities. We must continue to focus on bipartisan solutions and work with officials in Illinois, Michigan and states across the region to craft a workable solution that strengthens the ecology and the economy of the Great Lakes.
Yesterday, more than 1500 students graduated from Grand Valley State University! Congratulations to each and every one of you and I wish you continued success here in West Michigan or wherever your next steps take you!
This week, I had the opportunity to surprise and congratulate Ethan, a student at Zeeland East High School on winning the 2018 Congressional App Challenge. By creating “Right on Red,” Ethan has provided a wonderful example of how students across West Michigan can combine what they have learned in the classroom with their ideas to design a unique app of their own creation. To learn more about Ethan’s app and The Congressional App Challenge, click here: https://huizenga.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398778
Today we remember the lives lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor 77 years ago. In doing so, we must also remember the courage and strength that unified our nation and helped us win WWII and forever change the future.
This week, the President signed bipartisan legislation into law to protect the Great Lakes and strengthen the U.S. Coast Guard. S. 140 helps prevent the spread of invasive species by clarifying how ballast water will be regulated and monitored on the Great Lakes. This legislation will also create a new Coast Guard-led research, training, and response center that will help preserve and protect the Great Lakes. Lastly, this bipartisan measure will provide a new ice breaker on the Great Lakes to help maintain year-round shipping, commerce, and navigation. To learn more about how this will positively impact the Great Lakes click here: https://huizenga.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=398775