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(Mrs. HARTZLER asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)
Mrs. HARTZLER. I rise today to express the frustration of the good people of Missouri's Fourth District with our Nation's gas prices. As I traveled around the Fourth District last week speaking at eight town hall meetings, the one comment I heard everywhere I went was that gas prices are crippling our families and our businesses.
One over-the-road trucker that I visited with from El Dorado Springs told me that just a couple of years ago he would bring $1,000 in cash on the road with him for a week's worth of diesel, but now he has to come up with $2,500 in cash before climbing in the cab. This is extremely hard for someone just trying to make ends meet, and carrying so much cash is dangerous, too.
Every extra dollar in gas prices means one less dollar for a family's food, clothes, or spending time together at a ball game. For the average driver, the increased cost of gas since the President took office is nearly $1,100 a year.
We must stop the government from standing between its citizens and reasonable gas prices. This country has been blessed with some of the most abundant resources on the face of the Earth, but this administration has stood in the way of exploring and utilizing them at every turn. It's time for the President to get out of the way and let us get to work developing our own sources of energy.