Davis Stands with Workers, Votes Against Radical Environmental Bills
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today stood with American workers and voted against radical environmental bills. Labor groups raised serious concerns about the negative impact these extreme bills would have on workers and domestic energy production.
“House Democrats continue to put their extreme environmental agenda above workers in this country,” said Davis. “We can protect our environment without threatening our nation's energy independence and putting hardworking men and women out of work. These messaging bills are in direct contrast with an all-of-the-above energy strategy that I believe benefits our country the most.”
Davis voted against H.R. 1941, which would block oil and gas lease sales in the Atlantic and Pacific planning areas in any future leasing program; H.R. 1146, which would prevent oil and gas leasing, development, and production in ANWR, and H.R. 205, which would permanently extend the moratorium on oil and gas leasing in areas of the Eastern Gulf of Mexico.
Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) and the International Union of Operating Engineers wrote strongly worded letters opposing the bills.
“Once again, jobs of LIUNA members who work in the energy sector are being targeted for elimination by environmental radicals for purely political purposes. There is absolutely no chance for these “message bills” to be enacted into law this Congress. So, instead of working to enact real job creating infrastructure legislation, union members see their jobs once again being denigrated and belittled. Energy independence is central to the future of the American economy and our standard of living. Unfortunately, the enemies of job creation continue to try to wall off and strand our domestic energy resources from development; killing jobs, prolonging our energy dependence on unfriendly foreign regimes, and saddling middle-class and lower-income families with rising energy costs,” wrote Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA.
“The International Union of Operating Engineers opposes H.R. 1146, the Arctic Cultural and Coastal Plain Protection Act, and respectfully requests that you oppose the bill on the House floor. The legislation would change currently policy to prohibit drilling and exploration for energy resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). The proposed change in policy not only jeopardizes long-term energy production in the United States; it also threatens thousands of American manufacturing and construction jobs. It could even threaten the integrity of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS),” wrote James T. Callahan, General President of the International Union of Operating Engineers.