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By Congressman Robert Hurt
This past week, I traveled throughout the 5th District, making numerous stops in local businesses and neighborhoods in order to talk with Central and Southside Virginians about the pressing issues facing our nation that are most important to them.
Whether it was in Charlottesville, Ruckersville, Rocky Mount, Hardy, Westlake, Danville, South Boston, Ringgold, Lynchburg, South Hill, Kenbridge, Victoria, or Chase City, the overwhelming concern we heard from 5th District Virginians is the rising cost of gas and its devastating effects on job creation.
Despite the President’s assertion that there is nothing we can do to curb skyrocketing fuel prices in the near future, it is clear that leadership is needed in adopting a sensible energy policy so we can curb rising gas prices from producing further negative effects on our already stalled economy.
The rising cost of gas affects us all. Whether it is the small business owner in Ringgold who is incurring greater costs in manufacturing and delivering his products or the grandparent in Albemarle who is struggling to fill her tank to travel to see her grandchildren over the holidays, the worry with rising gas prices is spread far and wide across the 5th District.
In response to the concerns of Central and Southside Virginians and Americans across this country, the House of Representatives here in Washington has taken the lead by taking action to save hard-earned taxpayer dollars at the gas pumps and preserve and create American jobs by adopting a sensible energy policy.
Specifically, the House has adopted numerous bipartisan measures which would advance progress of the Keystone XL Pipeline and create thousands of jobs while opening access to domestic energy supply of the coast of Virginia and across our nation.
At a time when we as a nation are dependent on critical energy resources from those who wish to do us harm, we must take the necessary steps to reduce dependence on foreign oil by utilizing supply at home. Simultaneously, we must work toward an all of the above approach that will create jobs and ensure an ample American energy supply for the future.
As 5th District Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike reiterated this past week, we simply cannot wait any longer for Washington to adopt a sensible energy policy. This issue transcends party lines and it is due time that the President and the Senate join the American people in recognizing the critical need to advance solutions that will curb skyrocketing gas prices and both preserve and create American jobs at a time when we can’t afford not to.
If you need any additional information, please visit my website at hurt.house.gov or call my Washington office: (202) 225-4711, Charlottesville office: (434) 973-9631, Danville office: (434) 791-2596, or Farmville office: (434) 395-0120.