The bill, S. 953, was introduced as an alternative to Democratic legislation, S.940. The Democrats’ oil-tax proposal would have increased taxes on domestic production of oil and gas, discouraged domestic drilling, and resulted in the loss of many American jobs associated with the oil and gas industry. Chambliss voted against proceeding to that legislation, and the measure failed by a vote of 52-48 yesterday. The motion to proceed required 60 votes to pass.
“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,” said Sen. Chambliss. “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.”
Chambliss was a co-sponsor of the Republican’s Offshore Production and Safety Act, and will continue to support domestic oil and gas exploration and production. He believes it is an essential component of a comprehensive energy policy that will enable America to become more energy independent.
The Senate failed to pass a motion proceed to consideration of S.953 by a vote of 42-57. The motion to proceed required 60 votes to pass.
Click here to watch Chambliss’ speech on the vote.