Over the past few weeks, Congressman Goodlatte made several stops around the 6th District to hear more about the direct impact of high gas prices on hard working families and businesses. He also held two "Pumping for Patrons" events in Mt. Crawford and Forest. While pumping gas for constituents, Congressman Goodlatte talked with them about high gas prices. Although we have seen some limited relief at the pump recently, no one was happy with the price of a tank of gas.
When asked what we should do to lower gas prices, most patrons had the same solution -- utilize more American energy. Whether by accessing offshore reserves or developing the Keystone XL pipeline, these are ideas that Congressman Goodlatte supports. The first step in lowering gas prices is moving towards an energy independent United States. The House has passed legislation to advance a true "all-of-the-above" energy policy, which included provisions from his legislation to explore for oil and natural gas off the coast of Virginia. Now it's time for the Senate and the White House to act or the pain at the pump won't go away.