PA-3: Rep. Kelly Delivers Weekly Republican Address
Representative Mike Kelly, from Pennsylvania’s 3rd District, delivered the Weekly Republican Address this past week. In the address, Kelly highlighted the importance of developing all forms of American energy in order to create jobs and spur economic growth.
“Coal is our most abundant and valuable resource,” Congressman Kelly begins. “It lights our homes, keeps our electric bills low, and puts food on the table for countless families. More than 40,000 jobs in my state alone are tied to coal.”
He stresses that the issue is not only about Pennsylvania, and more specifically coal country, but for the United States as a whole too.
Kelly points to President Obama’s regulations of the coal industry, and says because of those regulations, two coal-fired power plants in the 3rd District have closed in the past two years. Kelly expects more closures to follow across the country.
In order to spur growth, Kelly says it can be done through stopping regulations, expediting infrastructure, and expanding production.
“These aren’t just Republican solutions – these are common-sense American ideas that have support in both parties,” Rep. Kelly states. “You’re going to see them again in the new Congress, starting with a vote to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.”
Kelly’s comments in regards to the Keystone XL pipeline echo those of Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, who said the Keystone XL pipeline issue would be the first item up for a vote in the new Senate.
“Because manufacturing things, making things – and doing it better than anyone else in the world – that’s what America’s always been about,” Kelly closes. “That’s how we’ve built such a robust and dynamic economy. If we all pull together, we can make 2015 the year we restore our nation of builders.”