Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement after he voted against moving the Senate off of debate on finding a solution to high gasoline prices.
"We will make sure that we are supporting our servicemen and women. No one in the Senate is going to vote against that. But this is the seventh attempt by the Democratic leader to avoid having a full debate on legislation to lower sky high gas prices. For the last two weeks, the Senate should have been debating the Gas Price Reduction Act and other proposals to ‘find more and use less.’ Once the Senate has completed its work on high energy costs, it can and should turn its attention toward legislation like the Defense Authorization bill.”
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 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2009 (S. 3001) received 51 votes. Under Senate rules, 60 votes were required. This is the seventh time since Friday, July 25th that the Senate has voted against cutting off debate on the energy bill and moving on to other measures.