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 GoodlatteIRS head vows to finish term despite impeachment push House Republicans press case for impeaching IRS commissioner Saudis scramble for Washington allies 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 Finance: Puerto Rico bill clears panel | IRS chief vows to finish term | Bill would require nominees to release tax returns House panel approves Puerto Rico debt relief Overnight Defense: Dem opposition mounts to defense policy bill 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 BachmannChief strategist of pro-Trump super-PAC guilty in payment scandal GOP operative Ed Rollins joins pro-Trump super-PAC Michele Bachmann trolls Clinton on NYC subway 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 SchweikertSenate races heating up Tea Party class reassesses record Lawmakers to DOD: Reject 'no touch' policy sought by 9/11 plotter 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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