Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler | Representing Southwest Washington's 3rd District

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Herrera Beutler Launches Action Team to Promote Affordable Energy

“House Energy Action Team” Seeks Energy Independence and Job Growth

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Washington, May 4, 2011 | comments
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler today joined with a small group of her colleagues in Congress to form the House Energy Action Team (HEAT). The group will promote energy policies that address rising energy prices, enhance national security by promoting American energy independence, and bolster job creation.
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Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler today joined with a small group of her colleagues in Congress to form the House Energy Action Team (HEAT).  The group will promote energy policies that address rising energy prices, enhance national security by promoting American energy independence, and bolster job creation.   

“During last week’s job creator forum in Vancouver, small business owners told me that the rising cost of fuel is quickly becoming their biggest challenge.  I hear the same from folks who can barely afford to fill the family car,” said Herrera Beutler.  “When gas prices go up, people lose jobs.  The cost of energy has a huge impact on Southwest Washington’s economic well-being.  The energy policies Congress must pursue should lower the costs of gas, keep energy affordable, and put us on a path toward long-term energy security.”

Rising gas prices and increasing energy costs are impacting businesses and families throughout Southwest Washington and the rest of the country.  Jaime joins 25 other members of Congress with a mission of pursuing energy policies that provide relief and strengthen these same families and businesses.  

Of note, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (CA), Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (IL), Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (MI) and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings (WA) have joined with Jaime to promote the HEAT initiative.

“Energy policy has implications beyond our economy.  A steady supply of domestic energy is crucial to our national security,” Herrera Beutler continued, “I’m excited to get to work on the HEAT initiative.  Our plan should focus on increased production of existing energy sources plus development of alternative energy – an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy plan that will meet current needs and prepare for the future.”
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