(Mr. POE of Texas asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute and to revise and extend his remarks.)
Mr. Speaker, when the President took office, gasoline cost $1.96. Now it's almost $4 a gallon. Spring breakers in Disney World can expect to pay nearly $6 a gallon to fill up their individual cars.
Americans have no choice but to pay the higher price because the government is stonewalling a domestic energy policy. Deana from Huffman, Texas, put it best:
I go to work to make money to pay for the gas just to get to work.
The President's energy policy is ``nothing from below''--nothing from below the ground, nothing from below the sea.
We're the only Nation in the world that places most of our offshore territory off limits to oil and gas exploration. Meanwhile, the government continues to subsidize failed green energy projects.
We should be saying yes to all types of American energy: Yes to more offshore drilling; yes to ANWR; yes to faster approval of permits; and yes to the Keystone XL pipeline.
Let's make gasoline affordable for Deana and all Americans.
And that's just the way it is.
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