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Energy & Environment Legislative Alerts
On behalf of more than 1.9 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I would like to express some concerns about the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act.
Without question the bill has significant strengths. AFP supports the effort to consolidate overlapping transportation programs and eliminate wasteful ones, and we applaud the expanded access to much-needed American energy resources. We especially commend the House for committing to an earmark-free bill, which we urge remain a priority moving forward into negotiations with the Senate. The previous surface transportation authorization included over 6,300 earmarks, including $200 million for the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” in Alaska.
Today AFP joined a group of 16 conservative coalition partners in renewing their strong opposition to the NAT GAS Act and urging Members of Congress to reject the legislation in 2012.
H.R. 1380, introduced by Representative John Sullivan (R-OK), and S. 1863, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), would create new and expand existing special tax treatments for the production, conversion, and sale of of natural gas-powered vehicles -- all at a time when Congress should be simplifying the tax code instead of adding more special handouts for favored interests.
The text of the letter can be found below. For more on how special energy tax subsidies can be harmful to the American economy, be sure to check out Americans for Prosperity Foundation's "Need to Know" memo on the topic.
Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips issued this statement today, in response to President Obama's decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline permit:
“We are very disappointed that President Obama has chosen to stand in the way of private enterprise by blocking a permit for the Keystone pipeline, a project that could have brought thousands of much-needed jobs.
“While President Obama says he wants to ease unemployment that has risen under his Administration, his actions prove otherwise. Obama is apparently quite content to see $535 million taxpayer dollars wasted on failed companies like Solyndra, while deliberately blocking job growth that would come with the Keystone pipeline.
“President Obama’s action yesterday positions him as an adversary of economic freedom. We will be calling on our activists to tell him it’s time to get out of the way and allow the free market to bring the jobs and growth we so desperately need.”