Alexander Votes to Keep the Senate Focused on Fixing High Gas Prices

July 28th, 2008 - WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after voting against the motion to proceed to the Reid Omnibus bill (S. 3297), a 400-page bill introduced by Democratic Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that combines nearly three dozen separate pieces of legislation:

“We cannot allow the Senate to simply end debate on legislation to address high gas prices without passing a bill,” Alexander said. “Voting to move to this bill without doing anything about $4 per gallon gas prices would be giving up on struggling Americans. The Senate should pass the Gas Price Reduction Act to find more energy and use less energy.”

Last month, Alexander joined in introducing the Gas Price Reduction Act (S. 3202). Specifically, the bill would:

• “Find More” – increasing American production by one-third through offshore exploration and western states oil shale (3 million new barrels a day).
• “Use Less” – reducing imported oil by one-third by making it easier for millions of Americans to drive plug-in electric cars and trucks (4 million barrels of oil savings a day). The bill also encourages the federal government to increase its purchases of electric vehicles.
• Provide for the addition of 100 employees at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to beef up oversight of oil speculators.

The motion to proceed to the Reid Omnibus bill (S. 3297) received 52 votes. Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required.