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Soaring Gas Prices

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas. For 21 days in a row, gas prices have risen to average now $3.70 per gallon--a 30-cent increase in only 1 month. At this rate, Americans could be forking over four bucks for a gallon of gas in no time. That's insane.

American families and businesses are already struggling in this economy, so I'm calling on the IRS to provide relief for businesses by increasing the standard mileage rate like it did after Hurricane Katrina and again in 2005 and 2011. With gas prices rising higher and faster than ever, the administration and Congress need to take action now: beginning with the Keystone XL pipeline, estimated to bring 830,000 barrels of oil every day to U.S. refineries, and Keystone would create nearly 20,000 new American jobs.

Let's pursue a real all-of-the-above energy strategy, and let's give Americans the security and relief that they want, need, and deserve.

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