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GOP Weekly Address: Energy Independence Is Key to 'Endless' Possibilities

Fri, 04 Jul 2014 10:00:11 +0000

US House of Representatives(WASHINGTON) -- In this week's Republican address, Rep. Steve Womack of Arkansas honored the American spirit, the military and spoke of a promising future based on the same characteristics that he says has always made America great, "our creative minds and entrepreneurial spirit."

"We Americans are blessed with a great land, economic opportunity, a matchless Constitution and unrivaled success," Womack said, calling the July 4th holiday "a chance to celebrate that."

Womack spoke of the "politics, red tape and government fixes" that have prevented progress on a number of important fronts. He points to energy independence as a key to the future, discussing the Keystone Pipeline, "predictable regulation" and a "stable electric grid."

He also gave thanks for the founding fathers who "made this all possible," and extended prayers to the U.S. military members who've sacrificed to keep America safe.

Read the full transcript of the Republican address:

There's nothing like the Fourth of July, a day to bask in America's glory and to dream of better days ahead.

You know, that's part of the genius in the Declaration of Independence. It isn't just about what America was, it's a vision of what she could be, of what we should always strive for. A land where the people rule, where the common man or woman can advance themselves, their families and the common good.

America's greatness  has aways been rooted in our creative minds, and entrepreneurial  spirit, our ability to make things, make the most of our resources, to control our economic destiny. That's why you see Republicans working so hard to capitalize on America's energy rennaissance.  

Consider the possibilities: It starts by building the Keystone Pipeline. Put thousands of Americans to work, show we're serious about our energy future. We set into motion more plants, pipelines and transmission lines, bringing low-cost energy, safely, to consumers across the land. We back projects on-shore and off-shore, creating more jobs and eliminating our dependance on unstable parts of the world. We establish predictable regulations, the kind of certainty that allows business to plan ahead, invest here, and bring jobs back to our main streets and town squares. We build a truly stable electric grid, protecting us from everything from blackouts to security threats, and we boost exports so we can supply our allies with affordable and reliable energy and fuel our economy at the same time.

The opportunities seem endless, don't they? But the usual politics, red tape and government fixes that never seem to pan out stand in our way.

For years, Washington has denied the American people the chance to seize their economic destiny. Well, Republicans are fighting every day to make these opportunities possible again. We pledge this to you, the people we serve. Together, let's renew the spirit of 1776, the spirit that gave birth to a nation with so many blessings. And never rest until the work is done.

For now, my family and I give thanks for our fore-fathers who made all this possible. We extend our prayers to the men and women sacrificing to keep us safe. And we wish you and yours a healthy and happy Independence Day.

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