WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO John Engler issued a statement on the vote by the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations to extend the Congressional moratorium on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for another year.
"By voting against the commonsense remedy to the energy crisis offered by Rep. John Peterson (R-PA) in his amendment to lift federal bans on energy development on the OCS, the House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations opted instead to continue restrictions on domestic supplies of natural gas and oil and to keep energy prices at record highs for America's manufacturers and consumers," Engler said.
Engler noted the urgency to get energy costs under controls and criticized the House lawmakers for missing the chance to increase domestic natural gas and oil supplies.
"Lawmakers who vote against expanding access to domestic energy supplies will be held accountable by manufacturers for higher energy prices, a weaker economy and fewer jobs," Engler added. "We look forward to the full House Appropriations Committee revisiting this important issue next week."