Reps. Thompson, Green, Reed, Costa Launch Congressional Natural Gas Caucus with Four-Member Bipartisan Leadership Team

Feb 22, 2013 Issues: Energy, Marcellus Shale, Natural Gas Caucus

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), Gene Green (D-TX), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Jim Costa (D-CA) today announced an expanded, four-member leadership team for the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus, a bipartisan effort to educate Members of Congress and the American people about the importance of natural gas as a domestic energy resource, its role in meeting the nation's energy demand and in attaining energy security.

U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA): “The United States is witnessing an energy revolution through which natural gas development and production is offering economic growth, lower energy costs, and a vastly expanded energy resource base. The Congressional Natural Gas Caucus will serve as a forum to educate Members of Congress and the public on the growing importance of natural gas in meeting the nation’s energy needs and explore the policy challenges that must be leveraged for American consumers and domestic industries to continue benefiting from this abundant, low-cost energy source.” 

U.S. Representative Gene Green (D-TX): “I look forward to working with my fellow co-chairs on expanding the Caucus’ membership and using it as a forum to educate, discuss and unite around policies that we can agree on.” 

U.S. Representative Tom Reed (R-NY): “Our country has been blessed with plentiful reserves of natural gas – reserves that will supply America with long-term, low-cost energy. The opportunities are endless for economic growth through the direct and indirect jobs created by natural gas development and its importance in New York’s 23rd District, and across the country, cannot be overstated. Along with my co-chairmanship of the House Manufacturing Caucus, I expect to be able to highlight the importance of development through the Congressional Natural Gas Caucus and the way it intertwines on both fronts. The development of domestic natural gas has already proven to be a game-changer for U.S. manufacturing and the Natural Gas Caucus will highlight ways to generate quality, good-paying American jobs.” 

U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-CA): “Natural gas is American-made and critical to winning our energy future. Voters want to see Congress lead and build bipartisan agreement to deal with the problems of our day. Over 70 members from both sides of the aisle have come together to say that we must keep pushing forward to meet our energy challenges. This is about smart policies, not partisan politics.” 

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