View Full Version : House's new energy push,“We want something we can pass.”

06-15-2008, 10:03 AM
"How about some Gas ?"

“We want something we can pass,” a Democratic aide said.

..............................."Pelosi is 'in' far over her head !"

With gasoline prices hovering over $4 a gallon, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) wants to make another energy push before Americans load their cars back up for the Independence Day holiday. Pelosi met with several committee chairs and members of the House Democratic leadership Thursday to begin work on a package of energy proposals. She asked the committee chairs to recommend proposals that have already passed committee with bipartisan support.

"Waht a collection of old fools ,Markey should be pumping gas at a station in Lowell Mass !"

The group, which included Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell (D-Mich.), Energy Independence and Global Warming Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.), Natural Resources Chairman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.), Transportation and Infrastructure Chairman Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), Agriculture Appropriations Chairwoman Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.) and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), is to meet again next week to go over ideas.

Republicans said they hope Pelosi’s effort means that she is setting aside some of the ideas she has been promoting, like taking away tax benefits from oil companies.

"I certainly hope this means that the Speaker has realized that the policies that have been pursued thus far by the Democratic leadership would be either ineffectual or actively counterproductive,” said Michael Steel, spokesman for House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). “Raising taxes on the American energy industry, for example, would cost American jobs and make us more dependent on foreign energy.”

Republicans have announced plans to use procedural measures to force Democrats to vote on increasing oil production in places like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Outer Continental Shelf.

Democrats and Republicans have argued bitterly about who has the best ideas for lowering gas prices and blamed each other for the pain at the pump. Since passing the first increase in fuel-economy standards in three decades last year, Congress has agreed on a biofuels provision in the farm bill and legislation to freeze the size of the strategic petroleum reserve. But the price of gas has continued to rise.

As the political conventions and Election Day near, prospects are dimming rapidly for ambitious legislation. That is why Pelosi is emphasizing bipartisan legislation.