Providing reliable, affordable energy that powers our country, and the world, is what Texas does best. I am truly honored to represent an area that is a leader in producing the oil and gas we use daily and at the forefront of creating the next generation of domestic energy that will carry us into the future.

The refineries and petrochemical plants in and around the 36th Congressional District are unmatched in the world. Advancing policies that keep our refineries free from expensive, ineffective, and burdensome regulations is important to our local and national economy. Projects like the LNG export facility in Sabine Pass are vital in creating job opportunities for those of us who call East Texas home and work to make America stronger and more secure.

Unfortunately, one of President Biden's first actions on January 20, 2021, was cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline – another job-creator in the region – killing thousands of good-paying U.S. jobs.

While the Trump administration worked relentlessly to achieve American energy independence, the current administration has launched an all-out war on our oil and gas industry. Gas prices are soaring as Biden requests production boosts from OPEC – foreign oil – rather than investing in our own facilities. We do not need OPEC, and relying on other nations, some of which are our enemies, puts our national security at great and unnecessary risk.

I will fight this administration's anti-energy agenda in Congress and remain committed to a real, long-term energy strategy that maximizes domestic energy production, eliminates inefficient and ineffective regulations, and continues to make the U.S. energy independent by reducing our reliance on Middle Eastern oil.