Washington, D.C.— Rep. Tom Rice (SC-07) issued the following statement today regarding the House passage of H.R. 2231, the Offshore Energy and Jobs Act:

“The President has engaged in a regulatory crusade to block offshore energy production in America, costing our economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.  To be competitive again, we must push our state and country forward, reduce the cost of doing business in America, and bring more jobs back to our shores. We can accomplish all of this, and more, by harnessing America’s abundant offshore energy resources. ”

H.R. 2231 passed the U.S. House of Representatives with a bipartisan vote of 235-186.

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