"Democratic Negligence" Cause of Spike in Energy Costs

House Majority Leader John Boehner discussed a multi-step plan introduced by Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and GOP Policy Chairman Rep. Adam Putnam (R-Fla.), while blaming Democrats for the recent surge in gas prices.
But many Americans are struggling with energy costs that have spiked after years of Democrat negligence. Republicans are looking at every available option for keeping the Bush Economic Boom going by protecting consumers and addressing America’s energy needs. At a press conference yesterday, Republican leaders – led by Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) and GOP Policy Committee Chairman Adam Putnam (R-FL) – announced a number of steps in the short-term the House can take to address high energy prices, including:

Open up ANWR to allow American ingenuity and American technology to produce energy safely, protect the environment, and strengthen our national security.

Crack down on price gouging in gasoline and diesel fuel sales, similar to measures passed last year as part of the Gasoline for America’s Security Act (H.R. 3893).

Streamline boutique fuels list to alleviate shortages and increase American energy supply, similar to measures passed last year as part of the Gasoline for America’s Security Act.

Support Administration efforts to temporarily suspend filling the Strategic Petroleum Reserve-Oil to ensure all available supplies of oil is made available on the markets.

Encourage innovation for advancements in hydrogen technology to help secure America’s energy future.




Boehner also touted recent economic numbers and proclaimed a "Bush Economic Boom"
More good news on the economy -- according to the Department of Commerce, manufacturing orders "surged" in March:

The U.S. economy powered ahead in March as manufacturing orders surged and new home sales rose by the most in more than a decade.

Orders for durable goods rose 6.1 percent, the Commerce Department said in Washington today, more than three times the median forecast of economists surveyed by Bloomberg News. Home sales increased 13.8 percent, the most since April 1993, to an annual rate of 1.213 million. …

The world's biggest economy probably expanded at a 4.9 percent pace in the first quarter, the fastest since the third quarter of 2003, according to economists surveyed by Bloomberg.

Today's figures come on the heels of data yesterday that showed consumer confidence at a four-year high and an unexpected increase in sales of previously owned dwellings.