House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) labeled Democrats obstructionist for blocking passage of a bill that would expand oil refinery production.
House Republicans today took action to move forward on legislation that will expand our nation’s refining capacity and lessen our dependence on foreign oil, but 185 Democrats voted to block progress on lowering the price of gas. The American people are paying the price at the gas pump, and it’s time for the House Democrats to join our effort to provide relief.
We have not built a new refinery in the United States in the past 30 years. We need action to increase our domestic ability to refine oil. This issue is not going away, and I challenge the Democrats to join us as we continue to work to ease the burden gas prices have placed on Americans.