As Gas Prices Boil, Bipartisanship Bubbles To The Surface

Over this past district work period, there's no doubt that Republicans and Democrats heard more than an earful from their constituents about the surging price of gas. In fact, at my town hall meetings I heard about 10 questions, four of which were on immigration, three were on gas prices, and the other were on district-specific issues.

Clearly I wasn't alone. Evidence of the pain folks throughout America are feeling at the pump is the fact that when we all came back to Washington, both sides engaged in the "blame game" and started pointing fingers at each other.



Though both sides found some wiggle room for the week, the problem which has boiled to the surface is our over-reliance on oil in our transportation sector. Oil is a finite resource that we don't have enough of, and the countries that do have oil are not always America's best friend. (I wrote an op-ed today on this issue which you can read. However, though Washington is known for its partisanship, and I'm certainly no stranger to the game, today something very interesting is happening on Capitol Hill.

Today Republicans and Democrats will join hands to call on our colleagues to help develop a plan to help America realize its fuel independence. We're unified with the notion that America needs a long-term plan which changes our fuel strategy from oil to renewable sources.

America's addiction to oil is HR4409, the Fuel Choices for American Security Act, which I introduced with Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) last November. Our plan offers a viable blueprint to fuel independence by helping transform the nation's transportation sector into a 21st Century model. It presents a new energy strategy which strengthens current supply, increases conservation efforts, and embraces new fuel choices.

Getting America to achieve fuel independence is going to take a village which is why we're working with a broad coalition, including 58 Republican and Democrat cosponsors to help get it done. It is kind of ironic that when gas prices start boiling in America, bipartisanship bubbles to the surface in Washington.