Sunday, May 22, 2011

                                    DEMOCRATIC  THEATRICS
Curtain Down on Dem Antics
Democrats Will Spend Four Hours Debating A Bill That They Know Won’t Pass…
Democrats Will Bring A Bill To The Senate Floor That Has Little Chance Of Passage But “Democrats Are Hoping They Can Score Political Points During The Four-Hour Debate.” “The bill faces major hurdles to passage in the Senate – two previous attempts to cut oil industry tax breaks failed in the chamber. But Democrats are hoping they can score some political points during the four-hour debate on the bill Tuesday amid soaring oil industry profits and $4 a gallon gas.” (Andrew Restuccia, “Senate To Vote On Bills Repealing Oil Tax Breaks, Expanding Offshore Drilling,” The Hill, 5/17/11)

  • DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz Called On Raising Energy Taxes As “The First Step That We Need To Take To Start To Try To Bring Down Energy Costs.” WASSERMAN-SHULTZ: “Bottom the line is that we are still giving ridiculous, unacceptable subsidies to oil companies. … That’s the first step that we need to take to start to try to bring our energy costs down.” (Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” 5/6/11
                                … And They Admit Won’t Lower Gas Prices

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) Said That The Democrats Attempt To Raise Energy Taxes “Will Not Reduce Gasoline Prices One Penny.” LANDRIEU: “But I would just like to add my strong voice to urging my colleagues to read this bill, to look at it, and understand the inherent unfairness in it, the lack of significant deficit reduction, and the fact that it will not, although it is being touted as, it will not reduce gasoline prices by one penny.” (Sen. Mary Landrieu, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/11/11)

Sen. Mark Begich (D-AK) Called On Fellow Democrats To “Stop The Headline Grabbing And Get Serious About Energy Security.” SEN. BEGICH: “Sadly, some of my colleagues in this body are not much better. Instead of addressing the problem with specific solutions, they are going for headlines by dragging energy company executives before committees or proposing that roadblock incentives for increased domestic energy production, some of which have been on the books for decade. Let's stop the headline grabbing and get serious about the energy security.” (Sen. Mark Begich, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/11/11)
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY):“This Was Never Intended To Talk About Lowering Prices.” (CNN’s “The Situation Room,” 5/11/11)

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV):“So This Is A Question Of Fairness And A Question Of Priorities. Certainly A Question Of Economics. But It Is Not A Question Of Gas Prices.”(Sen. Harry Reid, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/16/11)

Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): “You Know, This Is Not Going To Change The Price At The Gasoline Pump. That’s Not The Issue. I Don’t See That As An Issue At All. The Issue I See Is Who Shares.” (U.S. Senate, Remarks During Senate Finance Committee Hearing, 5/12/11)

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI): “Nearly Every Independent Analyst And Even Some From The Oil Industry Itself Tells Us That This Proposal Will Not Alter The Economic Fundamentals That Determine Gasoline Prices.” (Sen. Carl Levin, Remarks On The U.S. Senate Floor, Washington D.C., 5/16/11)
Source: Republican National Committee Research,