Congress took an important first step yesterday toward fixing an energy supply problem it created more than a generation ago. With the Appropriations Committee going on record in support of safe natural gas production, the burden has now shifted onto those who oppose the safe production of domestic natural gas to explain to the American people why this country should continue to lock up vast reserves of energy while home-grown industries and the American consumer class continue to pay the highest prices in the world.

I look forward to leading that debate on the House floor. I don't believe it's an overstatement to suggest the future of the American economy may be riding on it.