My first week in Washington
By Congressman August Pfluger, U.S. Representative for the 11th Congressional District of Texas
January 8, 2021.
Like many of you, I am completely devastated by the events of January 6, 2021.
I unequivocally condemn all acts of violence. The sickening mob who descended on the U.S. Capitol to carry out vandalism and violence are responsible for the deaths of at least two American citizens, including one U.S. Capitol police officer.
Every perpetrator of violence and destruction during Wednesday’s attack must be charged to the fullest extent of the law.
While I completely condemn the radical rioters, as I have done throughout 2020 in many major U.S. cities, I refuse to shame the millions of law-abiding Republicans who were in no way connected to or complicit in the riots.
The 11th District of Texas is home to decent, hard-working and God-fearing Americans who have genuine concerns about the future of their families, jobs, businesses, and our country under a Joe Biden Administration.
Wednesday’s riots interrupted the important work that my colleagues and I were gathered in the House Chamber to do—to publicly debate the Electoral College results and draw attention to the immediate need to shore up the integrity of our election system. For our democratic republic to function everyone must trust in it and right now millions of Americans are questioning it.
Thankfully, after the crowds dispersed and the Capitol complex was secured, Congress continued the job at hand in the manner prescribed by the Constitution.
The debate has been had, the votes have been taken, and now it is time to move forward. The peaceful transition of power is part of what makes our system of government the envy of the world, and it absolutely must be adhered to. For over 240 years, this central tenet of our Constitution has kept our country together, even during our darkest days. While many of us, including myself, are devastated by the results, it is imperative that a smooth transition occur.
I have already taken immediate action to secure our election system and make sure our great country does not find herself at such cross-roads ever again. One of the pieces of legislation I am supporting demands federal election integrity by addressing the processes of voter registration, ballot casting, and the counting of ballots. Our system must be the gold standard for elections.
Republicans have our work cut out for us over the next two years, as we face an onslaught of radical Democrat policies with Democrats in control of the House, Senate, and the White House.
I will continue to stand up for the values of the 11th District of Texas in Congress and make sure our voices are heard. This began earlier this week as I introduced my first bill to protect the oil and gas industry.
This nation is precious and the vast majority of people living in it are longing for healing and peace. We will not back down from voicing our opinions, but I urge everyone to do so according to our First Amendment rights.
I hope anyone reading this will join me in praying for our country. God bless these great United States.
Pfluger’s first piece of legislation safeguards the Oil & Gas Industry
Washington, D.C. — Late Wednesday night, Congressman August Pfluger (TX-11) introduced his first piece of legislation, the Saving America’s Energy Future Act, which prohibits the Biden administration from declaring a moratorium on issuing new oil and gas permits for drilling on federal lands.
Original cosponsors include Representatives Tony Gonzales (TX-23), Stephanie Bice (OK-05), Ronny Jackson (TX-13), Yvette Herrell (NM-2), Brian Babin (TX-36), Chip Roy (TX-21), Dan Crenshaw (TX-2), Pat Fallon (TX-4), and Jodey Arrington (TX-19).
Rep. August Pfluger (TX-11): “My primary concern in Congress is to protect our oil and gas industry from the radical Democrats who will soon control the House, Senate, and White House. President-Elect Joe Biden campaigned on the promise to shut down drilling on all federal lands and phase out fossil fuels. This, in conjunction with ludicrous policies like the Green New Deal, could mean the end to our oil and gas industry and the American economy as we know it. The Permian Basin produces over 40% of our nation’s energy. This is clean, affordable, reliable energy that powers our nation, heats our homes, and allows us to defend ourselves. Energy security is national security, and nothing could be more important.”
Rep. Tony Gonzales (TX-23): “It’s no secret that Nancy Pelosi and the Biden Administration are going to do everything they can to hamper Texas’ energy industry,” said Congressman Tony Gonzales. “We need to be doing everything in our power to protect these blue collar jobs across the 23rd District. I’m looking forward to working with Congressman Pfluger to move forward this measure that will block Democrats from issuing a moratorium on new oil and gas leases and drill permits on federal lands.”
Rep. Stephanie Bice (OK-05): “I’m proud to join as a cosponsor of the ‘Saving America’s Energy Future Act’ to help keep Oklahoma’s oil and gas companies drilling. The legislation will help prevent further restrictions on future leasing or drilling on approved federal lands. The oil and gas industry is the backbone of Oklahoma’s economy and as a nation, we should be focused on growing the economy, not stifling progress with more government overreach.”
Rep. Ronny Jackson (TX-13): “As someone who grew up working as a roustabout in the West Texas oil fields, I know firsthand how important oil and gas production is to our economy in Texas’ 13th Congressional District. While the Democrats push bad energy policies like the Green New Deal—which would decimate our ability to produce vital resources—I am proud to co-sponsor legislation like the Saving America’s Energy Future Act. This legislation will go a long way to help maintain America’s energy independence and Texas’ position as the nation’s leading oil and gas producer.”
Rep. Pat Fallon (TX-04): “America has never been more energy independent than she is today. But affordable, bountiful fuel sources aren’t just a talking point. They produce real, tangible results for all Americans by providing opportunities for hard working families to lower their monthly costs and sustaining countless jobs nationwide. I’m proud to support this bill to ensure our federal lands remain open to this development.”
Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36): “It is critical that we continue to create reliable, affordable energy here in America by implementing a long-term strategy that maximizes domestic energy production. I am proud to support this important piece of legislation that does just that.”
Rep. Jodey Arrington (TX-19): “I am proud to support my fellow West Texan, Representative Pfluger, and am grateful for his leadership to stop the federal government from banning drilling on public lands. These anti-oil and gas mandates and regulations will destroy our economy, raise costs on consumers, and threaten our nation’s security by increasing our reliance on foreign oil.”
Kirk Edwards, President and CEO of Latigo Petroleum: “We must continue to fight for our oil and gas industry which provides critical funding for our infrastructure and public schools. I am proud to see Congressman Pfluger (TX-11) introduce a bill in his first week in Congress that does just that.”
The Permian Basin is the largest oil producing region in the United States and home to over 200,000 jobs directly supported by the industry.
United States natural gas and oil production has lifted over 1 billion people out of poverty over the last ten years. The U.S. has also reduced the six key harmful pollutants by 77% since 1970 (the cleanest on record), despite an energy increase of 48% due to a 285% increase in the GDP, a 60% population grown, and 195% increase in miles traveled.