U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on the Senate floor Tuesday regarding rising gas prices and the administration’s failed energy policies: 


“Over the past few weeks, the American people have begun to feel the painful effects of President Obama’s energy policy. 

“Make no mistake: the rising price of gasoline isn’t simply the result of forces we can’t control. It is, to a large extent, the result of a vision that this President laid out even before he was elected to office.  “That vision was on clear display last week.


“As millions of Americans groaned at the rising cost of a gallon of gasoline, the President took to the microphones to talk about a far-off day when Americans might be able to use algae as a substitute for gas. And then, dusting off the same talking points Democrats have been using for decades, he claimed that there’s no short-term solution to the problem. 

“In other words, he kicked the can down the road for another day, another time — abdicating leadership on yet another issue of national significance. 

“So this morning, I think it’s worthwhile to take a step back from the rhetoric and look at what this President has actually done about this problem, and what his energy policies would mean for the future. Because, according to numerous private and public energy experts, gas prices are only going to keep rising in the weeks and months ahead. Some say the average price for a gallon of gasoline could hit four dollars by late spring, early summer, and could reach five or even six dollars in some areas of the country. And when that moment comes, Americans should know what the administration had to do with it.

Senator McConnell's full comments are posted here:

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