Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) today offered the following statement regarding the decision by President Bush to lift the decades-long executive ban on off-shore drilling:
"President Bush has done the right thing by lifting the executive order banning off-shore exploration today. The President's action proves that Republicans in Washington are listening to the American people's cry for the pain they feel at the pump."
"Now that the President has taken this important first step, it is now up to Congress to lift restrictions on offshore exploration and provide realistic solutions to lower gas prices. Alabama families and small businesses are paying about $4 per gallon of gasoline, according to AAA, and it's time for a solution for this problem of high gas prices! Our energy problems are all about supply and demand, and as prices at the pump continue to soar, we must take steps to increase the supply of American-made energy sources. Democrats are in the majority in Congress, and I challenge them to work with Republicans in voting for legislation that increases gasoline supply in our country by lifting the off-shore ban on exploration."
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