ENERGY PRICES -- (House of Representatives - June 10, 2008)
Mr. SCALISE. Madam Speaker, this weekend, the national average of a gallon of gasoline broke the $4 mark. This is an all-time high, and our citizens deserve action from Congress.
The Democratic leadership needs to pull their heads out of the sand and join us in developing a strong national energy policy. The Republican plan proposed will develop and increase our domestic supply of oil, which will drive down the cost of gasoline at the pump. In Louisiana, we take great pride in our offshore drilling, and we drill in an environmentally safe way. Everyone in Louisiana knows that the best place to fish is right next to an oil rig in the Gulf.
I call on Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats in Congress to stop locking relief at the pump and finally join us in passing legislation that will remove the obstacles that limit our refining capacity, explore alternative sources of energy, and increase the supply of domestic oil and gas to reduce our dependence on foreign oil.
These are all policies which will lower gas prices. This energy crisis is real. The time for Congress to act is now.