WASHINGTON, Aug. 1, 2001 — House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-TX) delivered the following statement on the House floor today during general debate of H.R. 4, the SAFE (Securing America’s Future Energy) Act of 2001:
“Members should support this bill because it makes substantial progress toward strengthening America’s energy security. We find ourselves facing energy challenges that we simply cannot ignore any longer.
“I’d like to thank Chairmen: Tauzin, Thomas, Hansen, Young, Boehlert, and Oxley. Under the President and Vice President’s leadership, the country has taken a hard look at both our short-term energy supply problems, and the broader implications of the long-term demands mandated by our expanding population and economy.
“This bill takes important steps to meet both those objectives. The SAFE act addresses our energy security with a thorough and comprehensive approach. It encourages conservation methods to enhance the dramatic improvements America has made over the past 20 years. Today we are a much more efficient society than we were a few years ago. This bill will help us to become even better. And it spurs progress by offering incentives that will put our ingenuity and technological prowess to work.
“We best meet a challenge in this country by identifying the problem and liberating the American people to solve it with entrepreneurial know-how. New regulations and measures that deny choices to consumers are the wrong direction. This bill gets it right by offering incentives not mandates.
“The SAFE act also targets a significant problem: Our growing dependence on foreign sources of energy. America faces a serious degradation of our national security unless we move at once to reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy.
“This bill takes important steps in that direction by promoting initiatives that will allow us to produce more energy at home. We need to take control of our own destiny and this bill gives the American people much more control over their energy security. Members from both parties should support this bill.”