NRCC - Shea-Porter Blocks "All of the Above" Energy Plan

Refuses to Listen to Voters Asking for a Real Energy Solution

Washington- Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-NH) joined arms this week with Democrat Party leaders to block a vote on the American Energy Act, which is an “all of the above” proposal to expand American exploration, promote energy efficiency and conservation and unleash the power of American innovation.

Shea-Porter and the Democrat-led Congress have adjourned every single week this summer without passing a single bill to reduce energy costs.  And after three failed attempts to pass sham energy bills in order to provide political cover for vulnerable Democrats like Shea-Porter, the leader of the “most open Congress in history,” House Speaker Pelosi, is refusing to hold an open vote on energy bills.  As today’s Washington Post editorializes:

Instead of dealing with the issue on the merits, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a staunch opponent of offshore drilling, has simply decreed that she will not allow a drilling vote to take place on the House floor.” (Washington Post, 7/25/08)

Carol Shea-Porter has once again failed to get the job done by choosing to side with Washington’s Democrat establishment instead of the people of New Hampshire who feel the effects of the Democrats’ do-nothing approach.  Shea-Porter's vote to block H.R. 6566 The American Energy Act (House Roll Call 524) has told the people of New Hampshire that she is dedicated to standing in the way of: 

  • Opening the Arctic coastal plain and our deep water resources to drill for oil and natural gas;
  • Allowing development of our nation’s shale oil resources;
  • Easing refinery restrictions to increase domestic production;
  • Promoting coal-to-liquid fuel technology;
  • Permanently extending the tax credit for alternative energy production;
  • Eliminating barriers to the expansion of emission-free nuclear power production.  

Carol Shea-Porter has continuously rewarded herself with long weekends this summer instead of delivering relief to the people of New Hampshire calling for a real energy solution,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain. “Republicans have introduced a sensible and effective energy policy, but Shea-Porter is more interested in standing with her do-nothing Democrat leadership than backing a real solution to one of the country’s most pressing issues.”

Republicans in Congress proposed a 21st Century energy package that would move America toward energy independence and energy self-sufficiency.  Meanwhile, Shea-Porter and the Democrat Majority in Congress have failed to pass one single bill to help solve the energy crisis that the American people are dealing with each and every day.  This fall, Shea-Porter can expect the people of New Hampshire to vote for someone who will actually represent their needs and interests.