High gas prices have put high pressure on Congress to find a solutions. South Carolina Congressman Jeff Duncan told Anne Eller of Greenwood affiliate WLMA things may be looking up.
We passed out of the House three energy bills that would basically open up the Gulf of Mexico once again to pre-existing drilling permits so we are there prior. It would also lift the moratorium on the outer continental shelf all across the land on the Atlantic Coast and eastern Gulf of Mexico and other places for harvesting American energy resources for meeting our energy needs.
Duncan, a Republican representing the 3rd District, says those bills were stalled.
The Democrats were going to make a motion to recommit, to try to stop the bill. They didn’t like it, they wanted to send it back to committee. So, the motion was to recommit the bill to the committee. And, during that motion you have their side, which is five minutes period to talk about why they want to recommit the bill, and the majority side, our side, had five minutes to rebut them and talk about why we think this is the best thing for the nation.
Thursday, Duncan was asked to carry the five-minute Republican message:
Really to hammer the point that there is no national security without energy security and that the natural resources they were talking about don’t belong to President Obama, they belong to the American people. The American people expect to harvest those to meet their energy needs. So, it was a great day for me, and a great day for the 3rd District of South Carolina.
The three separate energy bills now all head to the Senate. Duncan says he would like to see the American people step up, call their senators and tell them to take action on these bills.
Anne Eller, affiliate WLMA in Greenwood, contributed to this report.