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Representatives Fleming and Smith Speak Out Against the "Obama Moratorium" on Offshore Drilling

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2010 - House Natural Resources Committee Members John Fleming and Adrian Smith took to the House Floor this week to express their concerns over the recent decision by the Obama Administration to delay any new offshore energy production until 2012.

Rep. Fleming stated: "This decision flies in the face of the bipartisan action in 2008 lifting the decades long ban on energy development on 500 million acres on the Outer Continental Shelf."

"Offshore energy development is an important step toward reducing our dependence toward reducing our dependence on foreign oil, creating new jobs and putting our economy back on track," said Rep. Smith.

Watch Representative Fleming and Smith's speeches here:

Contact: Committee Staff

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