Senate Democrats are accusing Republicans of pushing spending cuts that will lead to higher energy prices.Of course we could drill for our own oil here in America and reduce gas prices, but the Democrats won't allow that.
In a letter Tuesday to House and Senate GOP leaders, the bulk of the caucus, including its leaders, take aim at House-passed spending legislation that would cut funding for the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which polices oil futures markets.
“As we work toward a long-term budget compromise to keep the government running through this year, we urge you to abandon the reckless energy proposals in the House-passed Continuing Resolution (H.R 1) that will condemn our country to continued reliance on foreign oil and allow market manipulation that could lead to gas prices rising unchecked,” states the letter from 48 Democrats, including Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and other Democratic leaders.
In 2008, President Bush called for increased offshore drilling. Said Harry Reid at the time:
Democratic leaders in Congress said the plan is going nowhere. "President Bush and John McCain are not serious about addressing gas prices," said Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (Nev.). "If they were, they would stop offering the same old ideas meant to pad the pockets of Big Oil and work with Democrats to reduce our dependence on oil."Three years on, what's Reid's plan?