At a press conference with Republican leaders today, Congressman John Boehner (R-West Chester) highlighted President Obama's policies that are driving up gas prices by blocking more American energy production. The Congressman said if the president is serious about supporting an "all-of-the-above" energy policy, he should work with Republicans to help enact several bipartisan energy and jobs bills, passed as part of the Plan for America's Job Creators, languishing in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Following are video and text of Congressman Boehner's remarks:
"You know American families and small businesses are continuing to struggle, and one of their big struggles these days is the rising price of gas. Never seen gasoline prices at this level, at this time of the year before and Republicans, as part of our plan for American job creators, have a number of bills that we've passed with bipartisan support and sent them over to the United States Senate.
"The president says he's for an "all-of-the-above' energy plan. Has anyone seen it? I've not seen it. And the fact is, is the president blocked the Keystone pipeline, he's blocked efforts to expand energy production in the Intermountain West, over in the Gulf and in a small portion of Alaska.
"If the president's serious about working with us to expand energy production in America and to deal with the rising oil prices, it's time for him to lay his cards on the table."