Chair Rodgers on the Floor: America’s Energy Legacy is Under Threat

Vote YES on H.R. 1023 to Repeal the EPA’s Green Slush Fund and the Harmful Natural Gas Tax

Washington D.C.  House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) spoke on the House Floor in support of H.R. 1023, the Cutting Green Corruption and Taxes Act. The bill, led by Energy and Commerce Republican Gary Palmer (R-AL), will repeal the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) $27 billion green bank slush fund and stop it from imposing a tax on natural gas.

Chair Rodgers prepared remarks:

“I rise in support of H.R. 1023, the ‘Cutting Green Corruption and Taxes Act.’

“I want to thank the bill sponsor, Mr. Gary Palmer of Alabama, and the Members of the Energy and Commerce.

“The U.S. has been blessed with tremendous natural resources, which we’ve been able to harness as a result of free market principles and an entrepreneurial spirit that’s uniquely American.

“We’ve harnessed the power of nuclear energy, electrified millions of rural American’s homes with clean hydropower, and ushered in the Shale Revolution—which continues to create millions of new jobs, bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and revitalize communities across the country.

“As a result, America is more energy secure today than ever before.

“This legacy is under threat. Since day one, President Biden has been taking steps to shut down American energy.

“On his first day in office he ended the Keystone XL Pipeline.

“He’s actively taking steps to ban gas stoves and liquefied natural gas exports, tear down hydropower dams, force electric vehicle mandates on Americans, and impose a tax on natural gas.

“His so-called ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ provided the EPA with tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to launder to extreme, liberal special interest allies—who will ultimately make us more reliant on China by forcing Americans to rely on cheap Chinese batteries and solar panels manufactured with slave labor and the worst environmental standards on the planet.

“H.R. 1023 is an important step towards ending the President’s radical rush to green agenda.

“It repeals the EPA’s $27 billion-dollar Green Bank slush fund, and it’s recently proposed natural gas tax.

“The EPA doesn’t want Congress or the American public to know how their taxpayer dollars are spent, so they give it to radical environmentalists to spend in secret.

“This legislation will also repeal the EPA’s recent proposed natural gas tax.

“This tax drives up costs on everything from our grocery bills to our energy bills.

“It will force good-paying American jobs overseas and make us more dependent on foreign energy sources.

“I strongly support H.R. 1023, the ‘Cutting Green Corruption and Taxes Act,’ which promotes American energy leadership and security—something that’s vital to building on our legacy of improving lives, helping to lift people out of poverty, and raising the standard of living across the country and the world.

“I encourage all of my colleagues to join me in voting YES on this important bill.”