Domenici: Democratic Leaders Fail the American People By Leaving Town Before Addressing Gas Prices

August 1, 2008
04:41 PM
            WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Pete Domenici, ranking member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, today issued the following statement regarding the Senate’s inaction on gas prices:
            “After nine days of debate and seven different attempts to change the subject, the Democratic Majority in the Senate finally has come up with a way to deal with high gasoline prices: leave town.
            “While this strategy may suit the presumptive Democratic nominee for President, who opposes offshore drilling and most likely doesn’t want his colleagues to vote on that subject, it does not suit the American people—it fails them.
            “When America is facing a problem, it is our job to address it.  I’m sad to report today that the Senate has failed to do that because one Senator decided to prevent the other 99 from even considering reasonable proposals to deal with gas prices.  
            “As we head home for the August recess, I’m sure our constituents will want to know what their Congress has done to bring down prices at the pump.  The record will show that Republicans offered broad, comprehensive solutions such as allowing offshore drilling and funding advanced battery research that call on us to find more domestic energy sources while using less energy.  It will also show that Democrats blocked us from even voting on them.
            “The Democrats hope that this problem will go away on its own.  Republicans want to take action to fix it.   I trust that when we return we will get serious about addressing the most important domestic issue in America.”