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Boehner: Obama needs to press Senate to act on energy bills

President Obama needs to pressure Senate Democrats to do more about rising gas prices, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Saturday.

"The Senate has stalled dozens of House-passed bills, several of which would implement the Republicans' 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy to address rising gas prices and help create jobs," Boehner said in the GOP's weekly address.

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"So today I'm challenging President Obama to make good on his rhetoric and urge the Senate to allow a vote on bipartisan, House-passed energy bills."

The Speaker has been hammering the president over energy for months, first over his delay of the Keystone pipeline and more recently as gas prices have risen.

The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gas is $3.93, according to AAA's Fuel Gauge. That's up 31 cents from a year ago.

Boehner said that there had been some cooperation between himself and the president on energy issues.

"About a month ago, during a meeting at the White House, I asked President Obama to consider working with us on these proposals in light of his newfound support for an 'all-of-the-above' energy strategy," Boehner said. "The president, who has seen gas prices more than double on his watch, assured leaders in Congress there was room for common ground. It was a new sign of hope, but unfortunately, only a brief one."

In the last month, Obama has toured the country pushing his version of an "all-of-the-above" energy strategy. While stressing that domestic energy production is at all-time highs, the president has vowed to continue investing in clean-energy technology.

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