House Republicans form energy coalition

In a statement, Hastings touted his bills to expand oil drilling, the first of which is slated for a House vote this week.

“With the price of gasoline increasing daily, and the prospect of $5 gasoline looming ahead, it is time for Congress to put an end to the Obama Administration’s anti-energy, job-destroying policies that are inflicting further economic pain,” he said. “House Republicans are taking action this week to reverse these Obama Administration policies and pass legislation to expand American energy production, create new American jobs and lower energy prices."

Energy analysts say expanded domestic oil drilling would have little effect on the price of gas.