Yesterday, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey interviewed Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and touched on Congress’s legislative agenda. Ensign warned that conservatives needed to be “on guard” against “liberalism” being put in place “incrementally” on issues like energy. When Morrissey asked about the status of drilling legislation, Ensign said that it would be a focus of the GOP in the coming months:
MORRISSEY: In 2008, when gas prices spiked to their highest levels, we saw a great deal of enthusiasm for Drill Here, Drill Now type of legislation. Now obviously, prices have collapsed since then; they’re lower than half of what they used to be. But where is the “Drill Here, Drill Now” push now in Congress? Do we have anything like that — any momentum for that still left in Congress? Or has that been pretty much squelched?
ENSIGN: Certainly Republicans are going to be pushing that this summer. We’re going to be pushing the search for more American energy supplies, coming out with — there are several Republican proposals out there right now that are really comprehensive energy bills. Because there is no single approach that is going to answer our energy problems.
When gas prices were at record highs last summer, congressional Republicans tried to hammer Democrats for going on recess without supporting offshore oil drilling. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was one of the driving outside forces behind the political stunt.