Ellmers: Releasing oil reserves is a 'knee-jerk' reaction to crisis

Republicans lauded their plan to create more jobs while slamming Democrats for taking a “knee-jerk” approach to a growing energy crisis and not doing more to spur employment opportunities throughout the country.

Rep. Renee Ellmers (R-N.C.), in the GOP’s weekly address, highlighted a GOP-backed energy bill that passed the House this week as evidence that the party’s “Plan for America's Job Creators” - announced last month - was working.

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The measure, which President Obama has voiced his opposition to, is designed to speed up air pollution permits for oil and natural gas drilling off Alaska's coast.

Earlier this week Obama announced plans to release 30 million barrels of oil from U.S. strategic reserves as part of a broader release with other nations totaling 60 million barrels.

“Instead of knee-jerk reactions to high gas prices, we propose expanding domestic energy production to help lower costs and create jobs,” said Ellmers.

“This legislation will make our domestic energy resources available while lowering gas prices and creating thousands of jobs.”

Ellmers said Republicans were committed to helping U.S. industries create jobs and make it easier for Americans to retain those jobs. The freshman lawmaker criticized the Democratic approach while inviting Obama to help Republicans carry out their 10-page “Plan for America's Job Creators.”

“Democrats who run Washington say we should stay the course, keep spending money we don’t have, and raise your taxes – all in the name of ‘stimulus,’” said Ellmers, whose party controls the House.

“These Washington-knows-best policies haven’t worked. They have only made matters worse.”

“You sent us here to focus on jobs, and we must show leadership worthy of your trust. That’s why we’re inviting President Obama to work with us and help enact our jobs creation plan."