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Rep. Scott Perry Statement on Keystone XL Pipeline and Obamacare Repeal Votes

Washington, D.C., May 16, 2013

U.S. Rep. Scott Perry (PA-04) released the following statement regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline and the Obamacare repeal votes.

“While the Obama Administration has been targeting journalists and conservative groups, House Republicans have remained focused on their efforts to spur economic growth, create jobs and lighten the crushing debt burden we’re piling up today and for the future.  The House continued that effort today.

The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that an annual increase of just 0.1% in economic growth would reduce the deficit by more than $300 billion over 10 years.  Two ways the House has sought to boost economic growth is through increased energy production and reducing regulatory burdens. Today, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee adopted legislation for the Keystone Pipeline, which could create an estimated 42,000 new jobs and deliver approximately 83,000 barrels of oil a day, substantially reducing our reliance on energy from unstable sources.

Similarly - at a time when Democrat Senator Max Baucus called its implementation a “train wreck”, Democrat Senator Charles Schumer predicted that insurance rates could go “through the roof” and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asserted the best way to fix it is to spend more taxpayer money - the House also approved legislation to fully repeal the president’s health care law.  Growing evidence points out that the law is driving up health care costs, jeopardizing seniors’ access to care, and making it harder for small businesses to hire – the clearest evidence being that President Obama himself has signed seven bills that dismantle parts of his own health care law.

In addition to boosting Northern American energy production and reducing burdensome regulations, I’ll continue to support ongoing efforts in the House to create opportunities for private sector economic growth by controlling spending, simplifying our tax code and fostering innovation. It’s time to unleash the American economy.”

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