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April 17, 2012

Johanns: Enough With the Political Stunts on Gas Prices, Mr. President

WASHINGTON – Sen. Mike Johanns (R-Neb.) today expressed concerns with President Obama's priorities as he ramps up his re-election bid and Americans continue to pay more at the gas pump.

"President Obama's recent instructions to his own oil and gas task force to resume the work it supposedly has already been doing and calling for Congress to allocate more borrowed money to buy computers makes me question whether his priority is to lower gas prices or make it simply appear that way," Johanns said. "We don't need more politicians saying supply doesn't matter, we need more supply of domestic energy. If the President really wanted to do something about gas prices, he could have expanded our energy exploration here at home or approved the Keystone pipeline – instead he has recycled last year's speech. Americans can't afford to keep paying for last year's failed ideas.

"Nebraskans are paying more and more every time they take their kids to school or drive to work and have had enough talking points. It's time to get our priorities straight, set politics aside, and do something tangible to help families at the pump."

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