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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Energy Production

Many Florida families are struggling to pay their bills because of high gas prices. Together with increasing food prices, American families are stressed. These cost increases have a harmful impact on the Florida and national economies. Congressman Bilirakis firmly supports an “all of the above” energy strategy that includes increasing domestic production, providing incentives for the development of renewable resources, and promoting conservation. New and emerging technologies will allow the United States to better harness the existing swath of renewable and nonrenewable energy sources that are available. The federal government has the responsibility to not pick winners and losers among the various energy sources. Representative Bilirakis is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has jurisdiction over federal energy policy. He intends to use this position to work in a bipartisan fashion to eliminate barriers to domestic energy production to encourage economic growth. He is also a cosponsor of legislation to build the Keystone Pipeline – an instant boost to domestic energy production that will create tens of thousands of jobs in areas where job opportunities are scarce.

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December 18, 2015 Press Release

On Thursday, the House advanced H.R. 2029, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act. This legislation makes permanent over 20 tax relief provisions and extends a number of other tax relief provisions that expired in 2014.

“This legislation delivers certainty to taxpayers in my district and across the country,” said Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL). “This bill prevents tax increases which would have been harmful to our economy and will help strengthen the integrity of tax credit programs to prevent fraud and abuse. This bill is a win for taxpayers.”

December 17, 2015 Bilirakis Blog

Helping people is why I came to Congress. It is the motivation behind everything I do. This year, I am honored to have been a part of many legislative initiatives that will truly help my constituents and families across the nation.

Here are my top 10 success stories of 2015:

December 3, 2015 Press Release

The United States House of Representatives today advanced legislation to improve our nation’s energy policies, maximize our energy potential, and protect consumers and families across the nation. The House passed H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act and resolutions to counteract EPA overreach.

November 18, 2015 Press Release

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Committee advanced eight bills to help patients, families, consumers, and communities across our nation. The following bills were approved:

November 6, 2015 Press Release

Today, President Obama officially rejected construction of the Keystone Pipeline. Over the course of seven years, Congress has voted several times to allow for construction of the pipeline. Congressman Gus Biliraks (R-FL) released the following statement:

September 30, 2015 Press Release

Today, the Energy and Commerce Committee advanced three bills to embrace advances in the energy sector, protect taxpayer dollars, and protect our nation’s children.

“These are important bills that will benefit all Americans upon passage,” said Congressman Bilirakis.

The committee advanced the H.R. 8, the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act, a comprehensive energy bill that seeks to capitalize on America’s energy abundance.

September 10, 2015 Press Release

When it comes to generating jobs and rebuilding the American economy, no single factor is more important than access to reliable, low-cost electricity. It is the fundamental building block of high-tech industry and the competitive advantage that many U.S. firms have used to hold steady against foreign competition.

That’s why threats to the reliability and the affordability of energy are particularly dangerous. That’s also why conversations about the future of energy are more important than ever for power providers and their customers.

January 21, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) released the following statement on the President’s State of the Union Address:

January 9, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Representative Gus Bilirakis, member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, today joined an overwhelmingly bipartisan effort to pass H.R. 3 in the House of Representatives, a bill to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

December 8, 2014 Press Release

Florida — the Sunshine State — is one of America’s best destinations for tourists. Florida’s Twelfth Congressional District — which I have the distinct pleasure of representing — is no different. From the growing Sunwest Harbourtowne in Hudson and sponge diving in Tarpon Springs, to the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor and the famous BMX track in Oldsmar, my district and the Tampa Bay area at large boast significant tourism destinations.