Nothing better exemplifies this than the attack on Koch Industries. Koch employs more than 10,000 people in my home state of Georgia, contributing more than $700 million to our stateís economy, along with tens of millions of dollars in community and environmental philanthropic efforts. Yet, because Koch openly advocates for the free market and fiscally responsible solutions to our nationís problems, it has come under vicious attack by several liberal organizations, many Democrats in Congress and this administration. Rather than disagree on policy, the political left has demonized companies like Koch Industries, even though the company has won awards from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Itís a sad state of affairs when the president is willing to sacrifice the economic well-being of countless Americans and pin the blame on those actually helping to solve the problem. We cannot move toward an energy policy that lowers costs for Americans and creates a long-term strategy in such an environment. Today, I call on the president and my Democrat colleagues in Congress to stop misleading the American public and work with House Republicans to expand production, lower costs, and create both energy and job security for our nation.
Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) is on the Natural Resources Committee.
Rep. Bill Cassidy has his blood drawn by Alesha Barbour during a free hepatitis screening in the Rayburn House Office Building hosted by the Congressional Viral Hepatitis Caucus to recognize "National Viral Hepatitis Testing Day."
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