FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2008
"At $4 a gallon, what's it gonna take for Congress to take action to lessen our dependence on foreign oil?"
WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Congressman Mike Pence gave the following speech today on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, urging Congress to take action to lessen dependence on foreign oil and to give the American people greater access to more domestic sources of oil.
"This morning in my hometown of Columbus, Indiana, gasoline hit $3.99 a gallon, just shy of $4.00.
"So I rise this morning to ask my colleagues: 'What's it gonna to take? What's it gonna to take to get this Congress to take action to lessen our dependence on foreign oil?'
"Democrats think we can tax our way to lower gas prices, or this week, sue our way to lower gas prices.
"But the American people know the only way to lessen our dependence on foreign oil is to lessen our dependence on foreign oil.
"Only by drilling in an environmentally responsible way on American soil and off American shores can the American people increase global supply and reduce the price of oil.
"As Memorial Day weekend approaches, and as Hoosiers headed to the lake see gasoline prices blow past $4.00 a gallon, I urge my fellow Americans, after $4.00 a gallon, after years of inaction, ask this Congress: 'What's it gonna to take to give the American people more access to American oil?'"