ICYMI: Congressman Allen Holds Telephone Town Hall WASHINGTON – Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12) held a telephone town hall Tuesday night to answer questions from residents of Georgia's 12th District. Congressman Allen provided an update on Democrats’ tax and spend bill, immigration, vaccine mandates, and more. For those who were unable to participate in the call, here are some of the highlights:
ICYMI: Congressman Allen Holds Telephone Town Hall
WASHINGTON – Congressman Rick W. Allen (GA-12) held a telephone town hall Tuesday night to answer questions from residents of Georgia's 12th District. Congressman Allen provided an update on Democrats’ tax and spend bill, immigration, vaccine mandates, and more. For those who were unable to participate in the call, here are some of the highlights:
Mary from Martinez asked about rising gas prices.
Congressman Allen: "There is no reason we should be paying this much money for gas. Just a year ago, we were energy independent and gas was at the lowest price in [probably] five years. As you know Joe Biden promised a war on fossil fuels... This is ridiculous, again this administration is begging Saudi Arabia to send us more oil to try to reduce the cost of gasoline, and that is ridiculous when we have the potential [here]. If the administration would remove the regulatory burden from our oil producing industries, and allow the financial institutions to actually loan them money so they have a capital to do this, fracking would [once again] make us energy independent and one of the most powerful countries in the world.
“And it won’t just be at the gas pump. Natural gas has doubled in price and we have the largest natural gas reserves in the world but because of these policies and this regulatory environment, we cannot get it out of the ground and refine it. And [democrats] have cut off all of our ability to do that. They are trying to force us on this Green New Deal, and I have no problem with sustainable energy, but it should be privately-focused. The one-size-fits-all, top- down government policies do not work and it has destroyed our energy industry.”
Andre from Augusta asked about workers losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates.
Congressman Allen: “I am vehemently opposed to any type of mandate like this -- vaccine or otherwise. Like I said, this one-size-fits-all, top-down approach to federal government does not work… I believe people in this country know what is best for them and their health… We need to restore health care to the physician, the providers, the hospitals, and the patients.
“I have also sent letters [to the Department of Energy] with Joe Wilson, Jeff Duncan and others in our area here -- particularly with the Savannah River Site.... the federal government should pause this until we can understand if this is even legal.”
Matt from Douglas asked about the PRO Act.
Congressman Allen: “What [the bill] does in Georgia is take away our right to work laws…But the bottom line is if the union does win the election and you are a worker there, and you are not a right to work state, you have to pay union dues. It is wrong. The bill also hurts independent contractors. I have vehemently opposed this thing. You know Georgia for the 8th year in a row has been named as the best state to do business, and there’s a reason for that. We have a great workforce, a great work ethic, and a great quality of life in Georgia. [The PRO Act] would destroy our ability to maintain that status. You know it harms the franchise industry, it allows ambush union elections, it repeals the Trump Administration Joint Employer Rule… this [Biden Administration] pretty much will now only allow union apprenticeship programs and not anything that is initiated by [the Trump Administration and] any of these other companies.”
Elizabeth from Augusta asked about current supply chain disruptions.
Congressman Allen: “This all started when President Biden took office. For the first two weeks he was signing all these executive orders… put all these regulations back in to place, stops the Keystone XL pipeline, restricts all oil exploration -- actually cuts off their funding and told banks that they cannot lend to the fossil fuel industry... In fact, the biggest problem on the West Coast we have is labor issues.
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