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Congressman Bonner Says President Obama Mocked Efforts to Lower Gas Prices

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Congressman Jo Bonner (R) from Mobile says that President’s Obama mocking plans to lower gas prices shows that the President and his administration is “out of touch” with the realities of everyday Americans lives.

Congressman Bonner said, “You don’t need an opinion poll to find out that most Americans are concerned about the economy, jobs and gas prices.  Last week, President Obama was given an opportunity to do something about all three.  When the Senate voted on an amendment to the transportation bill that would clear the way for the quick approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, President Obama personally called senators asking them to vote against it.  Instead of supporting a project that would provide at least 20,000 new jobs in the American heartland, generate revenues for communities from Canada to Texas and add to America’s supply of oil, the president turned his back.”

Congressman Bonner continued, “On February 16, I voted for, and the full House passed, energy legislation that would have expedited approval of the Keystone pipeline project, paving the way for new jobs and American access to abundant Canadian oil.  Thanks to President Obama’s personal lobbying that measure failed in the Senate by four votes on March 8.  To be sure, the House will continue our efforts to secure approval of the Keystone pipeline despite strong opposition from an administration whose priority is ideology and not the financial well-being of the American people.”

Congressman Bonner said that according to Gallup 85% of the American people want the government to take immediate steps to control rising gas prices.  “President Obama’s attempt to side step the issue of high gas prices highlights just how out of touch his administration is with hardworking Americans.”  President Obama’s Energy Secretary doesn’t even own a car.  “If Secretary Chu travels around in a government-provided vehicle, just as the President and other cabinet officials do, how can he or the rest of the Obama administration personally understand the impact of skyrocketing gas prices on Americans’ budgets?”

During the Barack H. Obama administration gas prices have risen from $1.89 a gallon to $3.79 a gallon.  Meanwhile the Obama administration has slowed oil leasing offshore, has not opened up ANWAR to oil exploration, has cut energy production on federal lands by an estimated 11%, has passed stringent new regulations on oil drillers, and rejected the Keystone XL pipeline which would have brought millions of barrels of oil from Canada to the United States at no cost to the taxpayers.

Congressman Jo Bonner represents Alabama’s 1st Congressional District.  Rep. Bonner won reelection last Tuesday in the Republican Party Primary.  The Democratic Party is not running an opponent in the November 6th General Election.  The First Congressional District includes Mobile, Baldwin, Escambia, Clarke, Monroe, and Washington Counties.

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Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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