Senate Democrats

Reid: Democrats Taking Strong First Step To Ease Americans’ Pain At The Pump By Halting Shipments To Oil Reserve

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after the U.S. Senate passed a provision by a 97-1 vote to suspend filling the 97-percent-full Strategic Petroleum Reserve: 

“Democrats today led the charge against one of the root causes of skyrocketing oil and gas prices.  Instead of hiding barrels of oil in the nearly full Strategic Petroleum Reserve, we want to put them on the market to increase supply and lower prices.  It is a good first step, but with oil and gas prices continuing to break record highs every day, much more needs to be done.  Republicans must abandon their shortsighted strategy of ‘drill, drill, drill’ and join us to pass the rest of the Democratic energy bill that puts consumers first, forces Big Oil to pay its fair share and invests in renewable energy.”