LET'S TAKE ACTION -- (House of Representatives - July 09, 2008)
(Mrs. BLACKBURN asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend her remarks.)
Mrs. BLACKBURN. Mr. Speaker, it's good to be back. I had a wonderful week in my Seventh Congressional District in Tennessee, a great district that has rural areas, suburban and metropolitan areas. And everywhere I went, people were saying: What is Congress going to do right now to get the price down at the pump?
Well, my constituents know this affects every family every day, the price at the pump. They also know it is an energy independence issue, and yes, indeed, they do know that this is an issue of national security.
Yet the Democrat leadership of this House doesn't want to do one thing on debating this issue. Well, we have some bills that are in there.
How about, Mr. Speaker, if we debate H.R. 3089, a bill to promote domestic oil, natural gas, and nuclear energy production? Or there's H.R. 5984, to offer incentives for clean energy production and energy efficiency?
The Democrat solution seems to be simple and ill-advised: just drive a smaller car, take the bus, or walk if you can.
These may not be bad things, but they are often impossible for Tennesseans in my Seventh Congressional District. They want real solutions now.