Congress, White House, and AGC Leaders Discuss Energy Policy
On Tuesday, AGC Leaders met with President Bush to discuss energy
policy and the impact of rising construction materials prices. AGC
President, Douglas E. Barnhart (J. Reese Construction, Inc; San Diego,
Calif.) and Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC CEO joined business leaders from
the Coalition for Affordable American Energy (CAAE) to discuss the
impact of the rising cost of energy on their industries and their
businesses, and to urge Congress to remove the Congressional ban on
offshore drilling. AGC leaders specifically addressed the increase in
construction materials costs which are resulting in a reduction in
projects and causing job uncertainty in the industry. Bush said that
the activities of the coalition, "have worked to increase the pressure
Despite the annual August congressional recess, the U.S. House and Senate continue to discuss and debate energy policy. In a highly unusual measure, House Republicans took to the house floor to protest the adjournment by making speeches and demanding that the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) allow a vote on energy legislation. Pelosi has weakened her position, in response to overwhelming public support of offshore drilling, to allow votes on energy legislation when the House reconvenes.
In the Senate, an attempt by a bipartisan group of 10 senators is urging a compromise that would both permit off-shore drilling and encourage alternatives and renewable energy. However, the proposal includes significant business taxes and the compromise is so limited and over-regulated that it will be ineffective. AGC urges both houses of Congress to find a compromise energy policy that includes increases in domestic production, generation, refinery and transmission capacity.
AGC members are encouraged to use the alert on the Legislative Action Center to contact their elected officials and urge them to pass a comprehensive energy plan, allow increased domestic oil exploration, and adequately invest in existing energy producing resources.
For more information, contact Heidi Blumenthal at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 547-8892.
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