(House of Representatives - June 25, 2013)

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                            JOBS AND ENERGY

  (Mr. HOLDING asked and was given permission to address the House for 
1 minute.)
  Mr. HOLDING. Madam Speaker, after over 4 years with unemployment at 
or above 7.5 percent, it is no wonder that the American people do not 
have faith in this administration's ability to lead.
  Of the nine counties I represent in North Carolina, seven have 
unemployment rates above the national average. And in several of those 
counties, the unemployment rate is above 10 percent.
  Madam Speaker, North Carolinians, like all Americans, deserve better. 
We need to seize opportunities for economic growth and job creation, 
and one of those focus areas should be energy independence.
  More domestic production would not only increase our country's 
competitiveness in the energy field, but would create jobs, Madam 
Speaker. It would also lower prices at the pump for American families 
who should not have to worry about busting their budgets to fill their 
gas tanks. Unfortunately, the President's energy plan will only make 
American energy more expensive and hinder job growth.
  Madam Speaker, the American people are focused on jobs and the 
economy, and this administration needs to do the same.