Well if we had started dirlling in Anwar when it was first seriously propsed we would have that oil online now.
At least someone is trying to do something more than just go on vacation.
How about getting those useless asses in congress to accomplish something beyond lining their own pockets.
Everyone on both sides have been trying to get a proposal through. It is just that the Republicans want a DIFFERENT proposal and Sen. Mitch McConnell [my Senator] has been the lead obstacle in insuring that nothing gets done if the Energy bill is not addressed.
Is this the "get off their asses" work you are thinking about?
McConnell says GOP will stand firm on energy
By J. Taylor Rushing
Posted: 07/28/08 03:17 PM [ET]
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) indicated Monday that GOP senators will hold firm against any effort to pass anything besides the energy bill.
â€śRight now the No. 1 subject in the country is the price of gas at the pump,â€ť McConnell said at the outset of the Senateâ€™s last week of work before the August recess. â€śWe think we ought to do something about that and then move on to other subjects.â€ť
McConnellâ€™s stance means the chamber could be frozen and unable to pass energy tax extenders, a defense authorization measure or virtually anything else
at least until senators return in September after the Republican National Convention.
Jim Manley, a spokesman for Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), echoed Reidâ€™s long-held contention that Republicans are simply stalling and are uninterested in a genuine solution to high gas prices.
â€śAs soon as Republicans decide they are more interested in doing something instead of just talking, they know where to reach Sen. Reid,â€ť Manley said.
Democrats last week failed to pass a bill to crack down on speculation in the oil futures market, after Republicans insisted that Reid allow a more open amendment process. The GOP is pushing for an amendment that would allow them to vote on lifting the congressional moratorium on offshore oil drilling.
McConnell hedged when asked Monday if he could produce enough votes for a drilling amendment. Assuming all 49 Republican senators vote for such an amendment, McConnell would still need 11 more votes to reach the necessary threshold of 60.
The minority leader did note, however, that the defense authorization measure is usually handled in September, suggesting that there is still time to hash that out after the recess.
â€śWhen the Senate decides to accomplish things, it can do it in record time,â€ť he said.
McConnell said he has not discussed with President Bush the possibility of calling on Congress to cut short its August recess to reopen the energy bill debate, â€śbut if he does, Iâ€™ll be happy to be here.â€ť
TheHill.com - McConnell says GOP will stand firm on energy