8:23 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

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

Mr. Chairman, this is somewhat similar to the last amendment which asks the Inspector General's office to come up with a report on what the economic basis for the gas price increase so rapidly was and/or has been, and this is similar to that in that it asks the Secretary of Energy to transmit to the Congress a report on the activities of the executive branch and, of course, the agency, the Department of Energy, does serve at the will, it is an executive agency; and this just asks for a report

within 30 days and what activities the executive branch is doing to address the high gasoline prices.

I know, having served on the Subcommittee on the Interior of the Committee on Appropriations and having had the Secretary of Energy come before our committee, they have been working on this. So I hope this is not anything new. It should not be expensive for them just to give us the report of what they have been up to.

8:23 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

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

Mr. Chairman, this is somewhat similar to the last amendment which asks the Inspector General's office to come up with a report on what the economic basis for the gas price increase so rapidly was and/or has been, and this is similar to that in that it asks the Secretary of Energy to transmit to the Congress a report on the activities of the executive branch and, of course, the agency, the Department of Energy, does serve at the will, it is an executive agency; and this just asks for a report

within 30 days and what activities the executive branch is doing to address the high gasoline prices.

I know, having served on the Subcommittee on the Interior of the Committee on Appropriations and having had the Secretary of Energy come before our committee, they have been working on this. So I hope this is not anything new. It should not be expensive for them just to give us the report of what they have been up to.

8:23 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

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

Mr. Chairman, this is somewhat similar to the last amendment which asks the Inspector General's office to come up with a report on what the economic basis for the gas price increase so rapidly was and/or has been, and this is similar to that in that it asks the Secretary of Energy to transmit to the Congress a report on the activities of the executive branch and, of course, the agency, the Department of Energy, does serve at the will, it is an executive agency; and this just asks for a report

within 30 days and what activities the executive branch is doing to address the high gasoline prices.

I know, having served on the Subcommittee on the Interior of the Committee on Appropriations and having had the Secretary of Energy come before our committee, they have been working on this. So I hope this is not anything new. It should not be expensive for them just to give us the report of what they have been up to.

8:23 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

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

Mr. Chairman, this is somewhat similar to the last amendment which asks the Inspector General's office to come up with a report on what the economic basis for the gas price increase so rapidly was and/or has been, and this is similar to that in that it asks the Secretary of Energy to transmit to the Congress a report on the activities of the executive branch and, of course, the agency, the Department of Energy, does serve at the will, it is an executive agency; and this just asks for a report

within 30 days and what activities the executive branch is doing to address the high gasoline prices.

I know, having served on the Subcommittee on the Interior of the Committee on Appropriations and having had the Secretary of Energy come before our committee, they have been working on this. So I hope this is not anything new. It should not be expensive for them just to give us the report of what they have been up to.

8:24 PM EDT

Pete Visclosky, D-IN 1st

Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Chairman, as with the gentleman's earlier amendment, I am not going to rise in opposition to it but would again point out an additional burden has now been placed on the Department of Energy with no additional funding for it, and just want to state that for the membership.

8:24 PM EDT

Pete Visclosky, D-IN 1st

Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Chairman, as with the gentleman's earlier amendment, I am not going to rise in opposition to it but would again point out an additional burden has now been placed on the Department of Energy with no additional funding for it, and just want to state that for the membership.

8:25 PM EDT

Pete Visclosky, D-IN 1st

Mr. VISCLOSKY. Mr. Chairman, as with the gentleman's earlier amendment, I am not going to rise in opposition to it but would again point out an additional burden has now been placed on the Department of Energy with no additional funding for it, and just want to state that for the membership.

8:25 PM EDT

Jack Kingston, R-GA 1st

Mr. KINGSTON. Mr. Chairman, I do think that this probably is going to be a lot easier for the Secretary of Energy than the other one was for the Inspector General. We will work with the committee, obviously, and follow their wisdom on it; but we just want to make sure that we in government on the legislative branch, on the executive branch, we are doing everything we can to address this situation.

Mr. Chairman, I yield back the balance of my time.