U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Missouri) delivers the Weekly Republican Address, calling for the Administration and Senate Democrats to quit blocking bipartisan solutions to the high unemployment numbers and increasing gas prices. Senator Blunt says "jobs, jobs, and jobs should be the number one, two and three domestic priorities of the federal government and that the shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy."

Sen. Blunt says, "[f]uel costs are on track to hit an average of $4 a gallon by summertime—that's more than double what they cost when President Obama took office, and it marks a record high for the last two months. Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised. As a candidate, the President said, that energy costs, his quote, he said, 'would necessarily skyrocket' under his plan. Well that's probably one promise the American people wish he hadn't kept."

He concludes, "the administration continues to block the Keystone XL Pipeline—that's the nation's largest shovel-ready project, no taxpayer money involved, it would create thousands of American jobs and deliver more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day to our refineries from our best trading partner and our closest neighbor, Canada—all without costing taxpayers. The Keystone Pipeline is one common-sense step in the right direction to help put more people back to work, reduce prices at the pump, and position our nation for greater energy security now and in the future. Jobs, jobs, and jobs should be the number one, two and three domestic priorities of the federal government. The shortest path to more American jobs is more American energy."

The Senate missed an opportunity to make real progress in reducing the nation's unsustainable debt, according to U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., who expressed disappointment that members will not be able to work on, amend, or vote on a budget in the Senate Budget Committee today. The budget markup was suspended due to pressure from the majority leader and his caucus.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today spoke on Fox News Business about the 10 year anniversary of the Senate vote that blocked the opening of ANWR. The excuse cited by most was that it would take 10 years to get the oil to market.

U.S. Senator John Thune speaks at a press conference on the Senate Budget Committee Chairman's decision to essentially cancel a planned budget committee markup and instead only allow opening statements with no amendments and no votes. Thune likened the process to a dog and pony show--without the dog and pony.

Ten years ago, Senate Democrats blocked energy production in a small portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR). At the time, they claimed that ANWR should be off limits because the oil would take 10 years to reach the market. Ten years later, ANWR remains closed, gas prices have skyrocketed, and Democrats continue to block additional energy production.
The American people are concerned about jobs and the economy, our nation's soaring debt, and gas prices which have doubled since President Obama took office. But instead of working with Republicans to address these problems and put in place real reforms, Democrats are spending their time on political gimmicks like the Buffett Tax, which would discourage job growth while doing almost nothing to reduce the deficit. It's time for Democrats to stop playing politics and start focusing on Americans' priorities.