The Rigell Report: Holding Government Accountable; Support Grows for Energy Efforts

Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-06-09 10:12:05
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U.S. Representative Scott Rigell

The Rigell Report: Holding Government Accountable; Support Grows for Energy Efforts

Dear Friend,

Failed leadership at the IRS, unanswered questions about the Benghazi tragedy, and the seizing of AP reporters' phone records have engulfed Washington in controversy. Last week we learned of a broad government surveillance program that, though reportedly legal, raises serious questions about the balance between security and civil liberties.Each matter is serious and merits a thorough investigation by Congress. Oversight is a principal role of Congress, and I am confident that the House of Representatives will do its part to identify the facts. Once those facts are known, I expect and will work to ensure that those who violated the trust of the American people are held accountable.

Though Washington often seems to be bound in partisan gridlock, there are rays of reason that occasionally shine through. For example, I’ve been encouraged to hear my Democratic colleagues speak with firmness and conviction about the need to hold the IRS accountable for targeting conservative groups. And I appreciate how members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are extracting from the Administration the truth of what led to the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Their work reflects good governance.

Unfortunately the damage done by each controversy extends well beyond the issues themselves. Collectively, they have taken the focus away from America's number one challenge – and my number one priority – more jobs.

American families in our district and across the country are hurting because our economy continues to struggle. In serving you, I remain focused on advancing practical solutions that help grow our economy and encourage entrepreneurs to put capital at risk. That's why I was so encouraged this week to receive a flood of support for the Virginia Jobs and Energy Act that I introduced in April. Here are just a few excerpts from letters that came in:

From the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission: “Hampton Roads’ economy is based on a strong military presence, a competitive port and world class tourist attractions. (Your) leadership to support responsible development of Virginia’s offshore energy resources is key to our area.”

From the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce: “We strongly support your bipartisan approach to lift the moratorium on energy exploration on the Outer Continental Shelf in a responsible and environmentally safe manner. The Hampton Roads Chamber looks forward to working with you and our united bipartisan delegation to pass H.R. 1782 in 2013.”

Momentum is clearly building in our region to advance energy independence, and more jobs, through the responsible development of offshore energy. I look forward to keeping you informed of our progress.

Mindful that I work for you, I remain,

Yours in Freedom,

Scott Rigell




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