Last night's vote to unlock some of our vast resources along the Outer Continental Shelf represents the culmination of a long, hard-fought, and, at times, contentious debate we started back when natural gas prices were a fraction of what they are today. Since then we've seen demand rise, supply fall, and prices approach levels no one ever thought possible. In truth, these resources should have been made available years ago, but I'm hopeful that the vote will send a strong message to consumers, seniors, working folks across the country, and maybe even the U.S. Senate that members of this chamber take seriously the effects of our current energy crisis and are willing to take steps necessary to end it.