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Senate Proceeding on Mar 16th, 2011 :: 0:20:05 to 0:26:05
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Mitch McConnell

0:19:57 to 0:20:17( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: quorum call: mr. mcconnell: madam president. the presiding officer: the minority leader. mr. mcconnell: ski that further proceedings under the quorum call be dispensed with. the presiding officer: without objection. mr. mcconnell: madam president, the rising cost of gasoline has become a major concern for most americans. with prices in most states moving closer and closer to $4 a gallon and already higher in

Mitch McConnell

0:20:05 to 0:26:05( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell

0:20:18 to 0:20:38( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: some areas, americans have a right to know where the president and the democrats in congress stand on the issue. so let me just begin this morning with a simple observation that it's no accident that gas prices are skyrocketing at a time when democrats control two-thirds of official washington. it's no secret that democratic leaders in washington don't

Mitch McConnell

0:20:39 to 0:20:59( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: particularly care for this issue. ask them about gas prices and chances are they will tell you about some car they plan to build and have ready for production about 25 years down the road. suggest that we tap some of our own domestic sources of oil and they will give you 101 reasons why we can't and how that's not a real solution anyway because

Mitch McConnell

0:21:00 to 0:21:20( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: it will take too long to get it out of the ground. we have been having that particular argument for decades now, literally for decades. and then they have the audacity to step in front of the cameras and tell us they are all for reducing our dependence on foreign sources of oil with what? windmills? it's time to be serious about a

Mitch McConnell

0:21:21 to 0:21:43( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: serious problem. the fact is there's no reason in the world we can't invest in future technologies at the same time that we're tapping into the resources we already have right here at home and creating jobs while we do it. the democrats don't seem to like that idea. they would rather force a change in behavior now than give struggling american families the

Mitch McConnell

0:21:44 to 0:22:06( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: relief they need from the rising gas prices. don't listen to what they say on the issue. watch what they do. well, here's what they have done. over the past two years, the obama administration has delayed, revoked, suspended or canceled an enormous range of development opportunities. one month after the president

Mitch McConnell

0:22:07 to 0:22:28( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: took office, his administration canceled 77 oil and gas leases in utah. once the review was complete, the administration refused to reinstate even a single one. a month after that, the administration's -- the administration shortened lease terms for offshore oil and gas production and raised fees for

Mitch McConnell

0:22:29 to 0:22:51( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: permit applications. last january, it announced new restrictions for onshore oil and gas exploration in the mountain west. last february, it denied a permit to build a bridge needed to access an oil-producing field in alaska after the environmental protection agency designated a nearby river an aquatic resource of national importance.

Mitch McConnell

0:22:52 to 0:23:12( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: last april, the administration suspended 61 oil and gas leases in montana that were issued in 2008, then announced that all oil and gas leases in montana, north dakota and south dakota would be delayed indefinitely. last may, the president announced a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, a moratorium that has been

Mitch McConnell

0:23:13 to 0:23:35( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: repeatedly struck down in the courts. the list of actions like these goes on and on and on. and that's to say nothing of the proposed new environmental protection agency regulations on energy that would either cause oil refineries to pass along their resulting new production cost to consumers at the pump or

Mitch McConnell

0:23:36 to 0:23:56( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: drive them and their jobs overseas. so let there be no doubt, the white house efforts are costing jobs and putting even more pressure on gas prices and paying lip service to the public's concerns won't solve the problem. by unlocking our own sources of energy here at home, that would help immensely. just to give you an idea of the

Mitch McConnell

0:23:57 to 0:24:18( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: kind of resources we have right here at home, consider that just one 2,000-acre section of the nonwilderness sections of the arctic national wildlife refuge, along with the chukchi and

Mitch McConnell

0:24:19 to 0:24:40( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: beaufort seas have enough recoverable oil to replace crude imports from the persian gulf for nearly 65 years. 65 years. so the problem isn't that we need to look elsewhere for energy. the problem is that democrats in washington won't let us use it. the problem is that even with gas prices on the rise, they

Mitch McConnell

0:24:41 to 0:25:01( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: want to tax it even more. so let's make this really simple, madam president. i'm going to propose just two concrete, practical things we can do in washington to give the american people some relief: create jobs and help make us less dependent on foreign sources of oil.

Mitch McConnell

0:25:02 to 0:25:22( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: two ideas that would have wide bipartisan support. let's increase american energy production, and let's block any new regulations that will drive up the production costs for energy. two ideas that will create jobs and alleviate the increasing pressure on gas prices. let's leave the ideology aside

Mitch McConnell

0:25:23 to 0:25:45( Edit History Discussion )

Mitch McConnell: and do some practical good for americans who are struggling out there. let's increase american production of energy with american jobs and stop the job-stifling regulations. i suggest the quorum. the presiding officer: the clerk will call the roll.

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