Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023

Floor Speech

Date: May 31, 2023
Location: Washington, DC


Mr. PFLUGER. Mr. Speaker, I rise today on behalf of my district, the most important energy district in the country, on behalf of American energy independence, and on behalf of all Americans who are searching for a reasonable solution to a looming crisis.

There are approximately, right now, 229 major fossil fuel projects in the United States currently awaiting permit approval. A recent study found that $157 billion in energy investment was stuck in the NEPA pipeline and that simply a 2-year NEPA deadline would spur $67 billion in energy investment. Killing energy projects by the bureaucratic red tape nightmare and the slow-walking that we have seen is unacceptable. No more.

I am extremely proud of the energy reforms, the NEPA reforms, and the EPA reforms in this bill, the first in over 40 years, which will speed up over 200 projects to lower costs for consumers and protect our national security.

No, this bill is not perfect, and arguably, it shouldn't be. A divided government yields compromise and slows the heavy hand of government, but saving $2 trillion, lifting families out of poverty, and defunding IRS agents is worth it. Vote ``yes'' for America's energy independence.