WASHINGTON, D.C. — Rep. Joe Barton (R-Ennis/ Arlington) released the following statement after hearing of President Obama’s budget proposal, which includes a $10 “fee” on a barrel of oil.

“I am in total disbelief that the president and his advisors would even entertain this proposal. This thirty percent tax on oil WILL NOT clean our air, it WILL NOT create a new transportation infra- structure, but it WILL hit the checkbooks of hard working American families and it WILL hurt our economy in countless ways.

“In three decades of working in energy policy, I cannot remember a more outlandish or impractical proposal. The ad- ministration has not seriously considered the destructive implications for millions of Americans and their communities. To

me, this is a political stunt and is dead on arrival in the House.”