For GOP, recess a chance to relax and pump gas for constituents

"I'll be pumping gas starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow, and I want to hear from you as to how high energy prices are affecting your family," Scott said Tuesday.

On Monday, Rep. Bob GoodlatteBob GoodlatteCongress leaving for seven-week recess Bipartisan House group to work on police issues House conservatives 'committed' to impeaching IRS chief MORE (R-Va.) pumped gas for constituents at a Quik-E Foods in his home state.

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"I've introduced legislation in the Congress to allow for exploration for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia," he said. "President Obama has been blocking that."

Earlier in the month, Rep. Paul GosarPaul GosarOvernight Defense: Fallout from South China Sea ruling GOP bill would block undocumenteds from military service GOP rep mocks FBI's Clinton decision with 'get out of jail free' card MORE (R-Ariz.) announced that he would pump gas at the Thumb Butte Gas and Convenience store.

"Discuss real energy solutions as Congressman Paul Gosar pumps your gas," read a statement announcing the event. "Tell Congressman Gosar how pain at the pump hurts your family, and how you want more energy development."

Rep. Michele BachmannMichele BachmannNo-shows at GOP convention Clinton camp: Trump VP pick is 'divisive,' 'unpopular' Lobbying world MORE (R-Minn.) reportedly pumped gas on April 10 at Fast Break Gas Station in Lino Lakes, Minn.

"Just as recently as three and a half years ago, gasoline was $1.84 a gallon," Bachmann said. "We can get back down into this range again but we have to legalize American energy in order to be able to do that."

In March, Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertFormer GOP congressman lobbying for electric cars Senate races heating up Tea Party class reassesses record MORE (R-Ariz.) pumped gas at Danny's Family Car Wash in Scottsdale.

"It is no secret that this administration's energy policies have failed," he said "Pouring billions of dollars into failed renewable energy companies that go bankrupt, is not a sustainable policy, and neither is failing to address our own resources at home."

Even then-GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pumped gas for customers in Alabama.

"I have a challenge for the president," he said on March 7. "I would be glad to debate him at any gas station in America." Gingrich has since dropped out of the race.

While Republicans and many energy analysts were predicting that gas prices could reach as high as $5 a gallon earlier this year, the average price per gallon appears to have peaked in early April, roughly when Republicans started pumping gas.

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