As Gas Prices Soar, Schilling Focuses on Solutions

Press Release

Date: March 14, 2012
Location: East Moline, IL

With gas prices continuing to skyrocket, Congressman Bobby Schilling (R-Colona) is focused on finding solutions to the problem. In a press conference in Moline on Wednesday, Schilling reiterated the need for a functional, bipartisan energy policy that increases our oil supply, modernizes our nation's energy infrastructure, and doubles down on a plan for renewable energy.

"We need an all-of-the-above approach to energy policy," Schilling said on Wednesday. "This do-nothing attitude from the Senate and President Obama simply isn't getting it done. Folks at home are demanding solutions to lower gas prices, and frankly, so am I."

Schilling criticized Energy Secretary Steven Chu's recent statement that the Obama Administration was not concerned about lowering gas prices.

"That out-of-touch attitude is costing working families," Schilling said. "People are stuck choosing between putting food on the table and pumping their gas. I find that unacceptable. As leaders, we have a responsibility to find solutions to the problem."

In his short time in Congress, Rep. Schilling has made fixing our nation's broken energy policy a priority.

Supported the Keystone XL Pipeline...

Schilling was a major advocate for the Keystone XL Pipeline, a project that would have created more than 20,000 private sector jobs and served as a significant infrastructure improvement to help increase our energy independence. Despite overwhelming support from the public, this project was shot down by the Obama Administration and the U.S. Senate.
Worked to prevent a backdoor national energy tax...

Schilling supported H.R. 910 to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from instituting a backdoor national energy tax to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Schilling has argued this policy, known as "Cap and Trade," would destroy industry and cost our country millions of jobs.
Wrote letter to President Obama seeking bipartisan energy solutions...

Schilling and Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) co-wrote a letter to President Obama, taking him to task for his lack of cooperation with Congress on energy policy. Schilling and Duffy challenged the President to be more proactive on the issue of skyrocketing gas prices, insisting on a bipartisan compromise to get something done on the issue.
Fought against over-regulation of the coal industry...

Schilling voted for H.R. 2273 in an effort to ease over-regulation of the coal industry. When President Obama was still a candidate, he famously said he would "bankrupt" coal companies with his new regulations. Indeed, these burdensome new regulations have taken a huge toll on coal, and Schilling argues that this type of government overreach deserves no place in our nation's energy policy.
Voted to end moratorium on offshore drilling...

Schilling voted to end President Obama's needless moratorium on offshore drilling, pointing out that this ban has created a terrible supply problem that has led directly to higher gas prices and a stagnant economy.
Co-sponsored bills to increase oil supply and lower prices...

Schilling backed H.R. 49 and H.R. 3410 in an effort to increase oil supply and lower energy prices to help revitalize the economy. Schilling believes energy independence must be a priority, and that means we need to drill here at home as well as find new energy sources, rather than depend on volatile conditions in the Middle East.