President Bush urged Congress Wednesday to lift the offshore drilling ban and allow oil companies to explore for additional oil reserves along the nation's coastline

Bush said Congress has "no excuse" keep the ban and blamed Democrats for rising gas prices.

"I know the Democratic leaders have opposed some of these policies in the past," Bush said. "Now that their opposition has helped drive gas prices to record levels, I ask them to reconsider their positions."

"Despite what President Bush, John McCainJohn McCainUS democracy is in crisis. Trump voters must help us get past it. The rise of Carlson, and the fall of Van Susteren Booker to vote against Tillerson MORE and their friends in the oil industry claim, we cannot drill our way out of this problem," Senate Democratic Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidDems want Sessions to recuse himself from Trump-Russia probe Ryan says Trump, GOP 'in complete sync' on ObamaCare Congress has a mandate to repeal ObamaCare MORE (Nev.) responded.

"The math is simple: America has just three percent of the world