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THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF TRANSBOUNDARY HYDROCARBON AGREEMENTS AUTHORIZATION ACT
(House of Representatives - June 27, 2013)

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   THE OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF TRANSBOUNDARY HYDROCARBON AGREEMENTS 
                           AUTHORIZATION ACT

  (Mr. PITTENGER asked and was given permission to address the House 
for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
  Mr. PITTENGER. Mr. Speaker, year after year, decade after decade, the 
American people have been held captive to the Middle East for what we 
pay for the price of gas. Even today, war-torn Syria, with its own 
civil war, has impacted the price of gas that each of us pays.
  In my own city of Charlotte, we pay 14 cents a gallon more this year 
than we did last year. While families are going on vacation over the 
4th of July, throughout the summer, or what they pay at the grocery 
store is all impacted because America is not energy independent.
  Mr. Speaker, that's why I rise in support of H.R. 1613, to make 
America energy independent. We can develop oil and natural gas off our 
maritime border in Mexico, while creating new jobs and improving our 
economy.
  Mr. Speaker, it's time for America to be independent and to stand 
alone and to bring and restore a solid economic period of time for this 
country. Let's vote today to support gas prices that will be lower for 
America, with energy independence from America.

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