WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Steve Scalise (R-La.) today announced he will lead a bipartisan congressional delegation on his eighth annual Offshore Energy Tour. On April 7 and April 8, the Members will tour a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, participate in an aerial tour of Louisiana’s coastline, take part in an energy roundtable discussion with local energy industry leaders, and visit Port Fourchon. A press conference recapping their experiences will take place at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport (MSY) on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. CT.

Congressman Scalise will be joined by the following Members of Congress for the 2016 Offshore Energy Tour:

Congressman Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Congressman Gene Green (D-Texas), Congressman Jody Hice (R-Ga.), Congressman Bill Johnson (R-Oh.), Congressman Dan Newhouse (R-Wa.), Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY), and Congressman Marc Veasey (D-Texas)

“Experiencing offshore energy production up close is critically important to understanding the positive impact American energy has on our economy and our national security, which is why I am honored to lead this diverse group of my colleagues on our eighth annual Offshore Energy Tour,” Rep. Scalise said. “It is vital that Members of Congress from across the country come to southeast Louisiana to witness how energy is produced safely in the Gulf of Mexico, and how energy production creates good paying jobs and strengthens America’s national security. The tour will also provide each of us with a better understanding of deep-water energy exploration and production, which uses the most advanced technologies and the most rigorous safety standards. Especially in these tough economic times, we want to be sure this vital industry continues to safely operate and continues to provide homegrown American energy to power our economy.

“In addition to touring a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico, we will also meet with energy industry leaders to hear about the challenges they are facing, and we will also discuss the importance of oil revenue sharing as our means to finance the restoration of our vanishing coastline. I look forward to hosting these Member of Congress here in southeast Louisiana.”