Rep. Kevin McCarthy, House Majority Whip, gives us his weekly view from Capitol Hill. In his words:
"2014 is now upon us and many of us are making New Year's resolutions. While we are evaluating our own personal goals, as a nation, we must commit ourselves on the issues that can transform our economic future. I believe one of those goals should be a commitment to becoming energy
"This goal is well within our reach if we take the proper actions. Those actions can be found in a policy agenda that not only fosters new innovative technology, but allows for the increased production of oil and natural gas on public and private lands. Those actions should also include investing in the upgrade of our electricity infrastructure, and reducing onerous regulations that only restrict the growth of a sector that is critical to economic prosperity in America. By pursuing commonsense policies that focus on our domestic resources, we will not only put the nation on a path toward economic independence, but will create jobs right here in our backyard.
"This goal, however, is nothing new to House Republicans as I have joined my colleagues in passing 11 bills that seek to maximize domestic energy production. Unfortunately, all 11 currently sit in a Senate that has refused to take any action to date. This era of inaction must end.
"The benefits of energy independence to our district, our state, and our nation are tremendous, but we must take aggressive steps now. An increase in jobs matched with a reduction of energy costs translates into pure economic growth, and a more solvent and secure America. So as we commit ourselves to improve ourselves in 2014, our country is poised to achieve something remarkable. Imagine an America that produces the energy it needs and no longer relies on energy from foreign lands. This goal is well within our reach, and the time is now.