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Wilson: “The American people demand and deserve action.

June 5, 2008

Wilson: “The American people demand and deserve action.

WASHINGTON – Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) delivered the following speech today on the floor of the House of Representatives.  According to the American Automobile Association, South Carolina’s average retail gas price sits at a record high of $3.79/gallon for regular unleaded.  The national average is $3.98/gallon.

“Madame Speaker, the American people are fed up with rising energy prices.  They are fed up that the leadership here in Washington does not seem to have the will to step forward and make tough decisions so that we can begin to ease the pain at the pump.

“I am proud to be working with many of my colleagues in the House of Representatives to try to bring real relief to the American people.  In particular, I am proud to be supporting legislation such as the American Energy Independence and Price Reduction Act that would open up a small part of ANWR for energy production and exploration today and use funds obtained through the sale of land leases to invest in alternative energy sources for tomorrow.

“These plans would adhere to the strictest environmental requirements in our nation’s history.  This type of comprehensive approach is direct; it is timely; it is vital to building a stronger strategic energy portfolio.

“The American people demand and deserve action.

“In conclusion, God bless our troops, and we will never forget September 11th.”

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