Scott Bensing

As the price of gas continues to strain all Americans, Democrats in Congress chose to go on vacation – something many Americans cannot do this year. Instead of staying in town to work out a solution, or at least debate and vote on multiple proposals, Democrats departed Washington faster then the price of gas has risen. Amazingly, while they are in the majority and setting the agenda, Democrats are obstructing any solutions on energy from consideration.

Before leaving town Democrats provided valuable insights as to why they are unwilling to act in any capacity on behalf of all Americans to address the current energy crisis. Case in point is Democrat Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi:

“But Pelosi, who has opposed offshore drilling throughout her two decades in Congress, insists opening new areas to drilling won't lower gas prices in the short term. She believes a vote would only help the GOP blame Democrats for high gas prices.” (San Francisco Chronicle, 8/1/08)

So the Speaker of the House believes that voting on any proposals to address the current energy crisis will only benefit Republicans and is therefore a nonstarter; meaning that once again, Democrats are putting politics before national interests – to say nothing of family interests. Yet, addressing the energy crisis in a comprehensive manner is desired by a majority of Americans - highlighted by the news of Pelosi’s home state of California now favoring off-shore drilling for the first time in more than three decades.

Scott Bensing

Scott Bensing is the Executive Director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
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