Misleading Children Will Not Solve Nuclear Waste Problem

Instead of misleading our children with the nuclear waste version of Joe Camel, the Department of Energy should tell the truth about the real dangers of dumping toxic nuclear waste in Nevada and the real risk to communities in 43 states that will result from thousands of shipments of radioactive garbage on America's roads and railways. I am proud that more than 140 of my colleagues voted to dump Yucca Mountain Johnny and against the use of taxpayer funded propaganda to fool our children into believing that burying nuclear waste only a short drive from Las Vegas is good for Nevada families.


Congress Is Choosing Nuclear Waste over Immigrants

The domestic nuclear industry is one of wealthiest industries in the country and it has no business asking Congress for handouts paid out at the tax payers expense - that is exactly what this bill will do. Congress is essentially saying it doesn't want to let more immigrants into the country but wants to open the door for foreigners to send us their dangerous nuclear waste.


Bush Needs To Stop Compromising Science for Politics

Whether it's stem cell research, contraception, or global warming, this Administration lets politics trump science at the drop of a hat, without regard for the integrity of the scientific process and without regard to the safety of our nation's public health. This is unacceptable.


Spurring Rural Home Ownership

I am encouraged by the swift progress of this bi-partisan bill, HR 5039. It is indicative of both the quality of the bill, and the need for change in the Section 515 rural rental housing program. I am pleased that H.R. 5039 was reported favorably out of Subcommittee, and I look forward to working with my colleagues on the full Committee as this bill continues through the legislative process.


Border Security Does Not Belong to National Guard

No one disputes the fact that we need stronger border security. As a sovereign nation, we have a right and a responsibility to control our own borders. However, our borders cannot be truly secure if we continue shifting the responsibility for border protection from the Department of Homeland Security, where it belongs under current law, to the National Guard.

Not all units sent to the border region will be performing tasks that fall within the given tasks they have been trained to perform. I am greatly concerned about the impact this plan will have on the operational readiness of those units and the additional strain it will place on our already overused National Guard.


More Information on Animal ID Program is Needed

As Chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture, I understand the potential benefits that may be derived from a voluntary, private-based National Animal Identification System (NAIS); however, I also recognize the significant consequences for producers if missteps are made along the way. The language included in the Agriculture Appropriations bill adopted by the House requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to lay out the detailed plan for the system before proceeding with its implementation.


Drilling in ANWR is Part of The Answer

I am glad to hear the Minority Leader acknowledge we have an energy problem, but surely we can all agree that conservation alone is not the panacea.

What we require is a balance between conservation and production which puts us on a clear path to energy independence. This should be a goal of the entire Congress – that means both sides of the aisle.

Even as worldwide demand for petroleum has increased in the last decade, the growth in production has been relatively flat. The inevitable result is higher prices at the gasoline pump – which is exactly where we are today.

The reality is that it takes time to go from an oilfield to the gas station. And because of opinions like the Minority Leader, we have lost considerable time in this regard.

And his delay hurts Americans in their pocketbook.

In 1995 in the 104th Congress, H.R. 2491 would have allowed oil exploration in ANWR. The Department of Energy has estimated that between 1 and 1.3 million barrels of oil a day could be derived from this source.

Unfortunately, this legislation was vetoed by President Clinton.

That was over 10 years ago. And given a timeline of 7 to 14 years for building the pipeline structure, it is time that we could scarcely afford.

I have been to ANWR. The vast coastal plain is unsuitable for habitation during the summer months because of its marshy consistency. Any caribou unlucky enough to calve in this region would likely die from exsanguination at the hands of the mosquitoes there.

The people in ANWR are counting on this Congress to do the right thing and allow them, the rightful owners of these mineral rights, to begin developing the resources that are granted to them upon statehood in 1959.


We Cannot Drill Our Way To Energy Independence

Republicans in Congress claim that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would cure America's addiction to oil, but the facts speak for themselves. We cannot drill our way to energy independence. Drilling in the Arctic would provide only a six-month supply of oil that would not be available for ten years. At best, it would put more money in the pockets of the oil companies at a time when they are enjoying record profits. At worst, it will threaten the habitat for more than 200 species who call the pristine wilderness home. The road to energy independence does not lead to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Congress should be working to pass a real energy plan that invests in alternative energy sources and creates jobs here at home.

Learn more about Energizing America at http://www.HouseDemocrats.gov/.

Help Free Up the Marketplace for Consumers

The Communications Opportunity, Promotion Enhancement Act of 2006 represents a significant step in providing much needed competition and choice in the video marketplace. This bill will lower prices, encourage more diversity in content and ownership, as well as ensure all consumers are highly valued thanks to strong anti-discriminatory language and severe penalties.

Ensuring Dam Safety Saves Lives and Property

The National Dam Safety and Security Program is important to advancing dam safety in the United States and preventing loss of life and property damage from dam failures. Proper regulation, inspection and safety training is critical to maintaining our nation's dams. This legislation will provide much needed assistance to our underfunded state dam safety programs.