Increase Responsible Domestic Production
from the Office of Senator Mitch McConnell
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
‘The vast majority of Americans are asking us to get at the root of the problem, instead of timidly dancing around the edges as some of our friends have tried to do’
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell delivered the following remarks on the Senate floor Wednesday regarding the need for serious action on energy:
“Democrats yesterday came up with a new slogan for gas prices: Act More, Talk Less. They talked about it to the press. They talked about it here in this chamber. They even used a colorful floor chart to make their point.
“I couldn’t agree more with their new slogan, and I hope they take it seriously, too. It’s time to get about passing serious, balanced legislation that will make a difference.
“Americans are hurting as a result of high gas prices, and they’re looking to us for action. This is an issue that affects every single American, so it’s of great importance to every member of this body.
“The vast majority of Americans are asking us to get at the root of the problem, instead of timidly dancing around the edges as some have tried to do.
“And it’s clear the American people strongly support increased responsible domestic production. It’s also clear at this point that a solid bipartisan majority in the Senate is ready and willing to move forward on limited, environmentally-sensitive exploration here at home, so we reduce our dependence on imports from the Middle East.
“Republicans welcome this newfound slogan from the Democrats, but we hope it is more than just a slogan. We should Act More and Talk Less. In the days ahead, the American people will be able to judge who wants to boldly act, and who wants just to talk. So it’s important for us not to fail the American people at this critical point.”