2:21 PM EST

Ann Kirkpatrick, D-AZ 1st

Mrs. KIRKPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, this is the final amendment to the bill. It will not kill the bill nor send it back to committee.

If it is adopted, this bill will immediately proceed to final passage. The Big Five oil companies are making record profits. They have made $250 billion in profits in just the last 2 years. At the same time, they are receiving $4 billion in oil and tax breaks every year.

U.S. oil production is at a 24-year high, with the United States soon projected to be the top oil producer in the world. Before these big oil companies get even more drilling rights on public taxpayer lands, they should give up these unneeded subsidies. Otherwise, this is another giveaway to Big Oil.

It expands drilling on public lands at the expense of public uses like hunting, fishing, and recreation. It also goes far beyond the reforms for tribal self-determination in energy development.

It limits community input on projects that may affect the environment, and it bars the door to justice for claims from victims of environmental disasters caused by energy development projects on Indian lands.

This bill has real threats to our tribes, so we need to amend H.R. 1965 to remedy this, and we need a fair return for taxpayers. This amendment is a way to lower the deficit so that it is a win-win for taxpayers.

I urge my colleagues across the aisle, who care so much about our tribes, to vote to close this massive tax loophole and giveaway.

I urge my colleagues across the aisle to side with the American people, especially the Native American people, instead of Big Oil and support this amendment.

I yield back the balance of my time.

2:23 PM EST

Ann Kirkpatrick, D-AZ 1st

Mrs. KIRKPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, this is the final amendment to the bill. It will not kill the bill nor send it back to committee.

If it is adopted, this bill will immediately proceed to final passage. The Big Five oil companies are making record profits. They have made $250 billion in profits in just the last 2 years. At the same time, they are receiving $4 billion in oil and tax breaks every year.

U.S. oil production is at a 24-year high, with the United States soon projected to be the top oil producer in the world. Before these big oil companies get even more drilling rights on public taxpayer lands, they should give up these unneeded subsidies. Otherwise, this is another giveaway to Big Oil.

It expands drilling on public lands at the expense of public uses like hunting, fishing, and recreation. It also goes far beyond the reforms for tribal self-determination in energy development.

It limits community input on projects that may affect the environment, and it bars the door to justice for claims from victims of environmental disasters caused by energy development projects on Indian lands.

This bill has real threats to our tribes, so we need to amend H.R. 1965 to remedy this, and we need a fair return for taxpayers. This amendment is a way to lower the deficit so that it is a win-win for taxpayers.

I urge my colleagues across the aisle, who care so much about our tribes, to vote to close this massive tax loophole and giveaway.

I urge my colleagues across the aisle to side with the American people, especially the Native American people, instead of Big Oil and support this amendment.

I yield back the balance of my time.

2:24 PM EST

Doc Hastings, R-WA 4th

Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, first, when we talk about taxes on energy, what we are talking about is raising taxes on the American people and the goods that they would buy because the cost of energy would rise because of that. That is the first point to the gentlewoman's argument. This motion to recommit is nothing more than raising taxes on energy in this country.

Second point: I find it absolutely ironic that here we are with another, I would say, political amendment supposedly dealing with our Native American friends. In all the time that my friends on the other side of the aisle were in charge, they never brought up anything in energy policy that would secure the rights in Indian Country for them to take advantage of their own lands. We have a title in this bill. Title [Page: H7279]

V allows American Indians to develop their

lands as they see fit with American energy.

This motion to recommit is wrong. Vote ``no.'' Vote for the underlying bill.

I yield back the balance of my time.