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.
On Friday, I met with trucking and transportation operators from across West Michigan in Grandville. Thank you for coming in to share your stories and discuss some of the regulatory issues currently facing small businesses.
My republican colleagues and I want to cut taxes for hardworking middle class families and small businesses across Michigan. Modernizing the tax code will create jobs here at home while making American job creators more competitive! Read how in our op-ed from Sunday's Detroit News!
The action taken by President Trump regarding Iran is a step in the right direction. The Obama Administration’s nuclear agreement with the Iranian Regime was ill-conceived and shortsighted. Under this flawed agreement international inspectors are unable to properly verify Iran’s compliance, the Iranians are able to continue to develop and improve their centrifuge technology, and worst of all, this dangerous deal puts Iran on the doorstep of having nuclear weapon capabilities.
Additionally, the regime’s use of civilian airplanes for transporting troops and weapons to destabilize the Middle East combined with their continued testing of intercontinental ballistic missiles demonstrate why Iran is known as the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Congress and the Trump Administration must work together to effectively hold Iran accountable for their actions.
We have all seen the images of devastation across Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, Florida, and Texas from the recent hurricanes. As you are reading this wildfires continue to wreck havoc on California and destroy communities. Today, I voted in support of an emergency relief package to aid our fellow citizens. As this process moves forward, we need to make reforms and efficiencies to FEMA, the National Flood Insurance Program, and other disaster relief programs but the priority right now is to ensure our emergency responders, Guardsmen, and military have the resources to help our citizens.