POLITICAL NOTEBOOK: Sen. Chambliss working to curb oil prices

Camie Young

Camie Young

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss worked Wednesday to try to loosen the chokehold oil prices have on his constituents.

Chambliss voted in favor of the Offshore Production and Safety Act, a Republican alternative to a Democratic proposal that would have increased taxes on domestic oil and gas and discouraged domestic drilling. The Democrats’ plan failed by procedural vote of 52-48, short of the required 60 votes to advance.

Instead, the GOP version, he said, would restore American offshore oil and gas production while improvement safety and allowing the country to become more energy independent.

“Skyrocketing gas prices are one of the most important issues on the minds of Georgians. I hear from hundreds each day who struggle to fill up the gas tank to get to work, take the kids to school, or run necessary errands,” Chambliss said. “It is imperative for Congress to focus on creating a policy to expand and diversify our energy sources so the American people are no longer held hostage by the prices at the pump. I am hopeful that in the 112th Congress, we will take on some form of comprehensive energy legislation.”

The GOP measure also failed, with a vote of 42-57.

Senators praised

Chambliss and his colleague Johnny Isakson were praised by Americans for Limited Government for their votes against Susan Carney for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Sens. Isakson and Chambliss deserve the thanks of the American people for standing on principle and voting against Susan Carney, whose conduct as Deputy General Counsel of Yale University has raised ethical concerns that should have barred her confirmation to a lifetime judicial appointment,” Wilson said.

The two were in the minority. Carney was confirmed by a vote of 71-28.

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