‘Urging the Senate to Act Now to Lower Gasoline Prices’
Friday, July 11, 2008
I wanted to share with you my recent efforts in U.S. Senate to reduce our rising gasoline costs.
Yesterday I called for the Senate to move to legislation to address rising fuel costs as its next item of business instead of a foreign aid bill as planned. In fact, I asked for the unanimous consent of the Senate to move to a legislation package that would increase supply and reduce the price of gasoline and energy across America. Part of this package incorporates my stand alone bill, the Energy Needed Offshore Under Gas Hikes Act, which would trigger increased energy exploration off a state’s coast once the price of regular gasoline reaches $5 a gallon and the host state requests it.
Instead of moving to a bloated foreign aid bill as the top priority of U.S. Senate business, I thought that, just for once, Congress could act in a timely manner and begin immediately debating and voting on the most pressing issue on the minds of most Americans – gas prices. Sadly, the Democratic majority blocked that move.
Worse, my call was objected to with the explanation that the Democratic majority was working on an energy bill that would be brought up at some point in the future. While I was glad to learn that the Democratic majority plans to act on rising fuel costs at some point down the road, it’s a shame that they don’t have the sense of urgency to act immediately. Louisianans – and the entire country – are tired of these fuel costs, and we need to act now.
I plan to continue pushing my colleagues to act now to allow for more domestic fuel production to free us from foreign dependence on oil and provide relief to the daily increasing gas prices.
For any other questions or concerns visit Senator Vitter’s Website at: http://www.vitter.senate.gov
Image from Senator Vitter’s Official Senate Website
...Trigger increased energy exploration off a state’s coast once the price of regular gasoline reaches $5 a gallon...? Senator Vitter -- We needed DRILLING off ALL our states coasts when gas at the pumps was under $3.00 a gallon!!!