Congressman Robert Pittenger

Representing the 9th District of North Carolina
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Pittenger votes for lower gas prices, more jobs

Jun 26, 2014
Press Release




CHARLOTTE – Average gas prices in Charlotte have nearly doubled since President Obama first took office.  Despite the squeeze on middle class families, President Obama has restricted new offshore energy production and canceled the sale of oil rights.

In support of hardworking American families, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today joined a bipartisan majority to approve the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act (H.R. 4899), which will ease the squeeze on the middle class and create jobs through smarter management of America’s energy resources.

“President Obama is obviously insulated from skyrocketing prices at the pump, increased grocery prices, and new fees to cover transportation costs,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “When you use Air Force One to go play golf, it’s understandable you lose touch.

“Ordinary families deserve better.  Today, we voted for increased use of America’s significant oil reserves, less meddling by Washington insiders, and common-sense reforms.  We can lower gas prices, create good jobs, and strengthen our economy.”

H.R. 4899 would require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct oil and natural gas lease sales previously delayed or canceled by President Obama, move forward with offshore energy production, and eliminate unnecessary or excessive red tape which delays energy production.

The Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act was approved today by a bipartisan vote of 229-185.