8:15 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Chairman, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

Mr. Chairman, I do not know if there is anybody opposed to this or not. I hope this is a constructive amendment. All it simply asks is that the Office of Inspector General give us a study of the economic basis of the recent gasoline price increases, and this is just because we are not exactly sure what all caused the increases from the $1.20 range as high as the $2.80 per-gallon range. And that is all we are trying to do, not fingerpoint.

8:16 PM EDT

Pete Visclosky, D-IN 1st

Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON) yielding.

Mr. Chairman, as I mentioned in my earlier remarks, I am not opposed to the gentleman's amendment but would simply point out that we are now applying an additional responsibility to the Inspector General's office and not providing any additional funds; and the fact is the funding for the Inspector General in this bill is $1.5 million less than the administration request.

The final observation I would make is obviously we are dealing with the Department of Energy. The gentleman is very concerned, as we all are, about the high price of gasoline; but I do not know whether the expertise to do the best job possible in the Department of Energy resides with the Inspector General.

8:16 PM EDT

Pete Visclosky, D-IN 1st

Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON) yielding.

Mr. Chairman, as I mentioned in my earlier remarks, I am not opposed to the gentleman's amendment but would simply point out that we are now applying an additional responsibility to the Inspector General's office and not providing any additional funds; and the fact is the funding for the Inspector General in this bill is $1.5 million less than the administration request.

The final observation I would make is obviously we are dealing with the Department of Energy. The gentleman is very concerned, as we all are, about the high price of gasoline; but I do not know whether the expertise to do the best job possible in the Department of Energy resides with the Inspector General.

8:16 PM EDT

Pete Visclosky, D-IN 1st

Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Chairman, I appreciate the gentleman from Georgia (Mr. KINGSTON) yielding.

Mr. Chairman, as I mentioned in my earlier remarks, I am not opposed to the gentleman's amendment but would simply point out that we are now applying an additional responsibility to the Inspector General's office and not providing any additional funds; and the fact is the funding for the Inspector General in this bill is $1.5 million less than the administration request.

The final observation I would make is obviously we are dealing with the Department of Energy. The gentleman is very concerned, as we all are, about the high price of gasoline; but I do not know whether the expertise to do the best job possible in the Department of Energy resides with the Inspector General.