Barrasso sounds off on energy bill

Washington, DC – The centerpiece of the Democrats' plan is to increase taxes on oil companies and fund renewable energy research.

Democrats blame big oil for soaring gas prices, and want to portray Republicans as being in its pocket.

Republican Senator Barrasso says the Democrats' proposals will reduce the oil supply and push up gas prices even further.

"The rising price of gasoline are really hurting the people of Wyoming and the people across this country," Barrasso says. "They are hurting truckers, ranchers, commuters, and all American families.

"I adamantly disagree with the so called solutions proposed by the majority which was higher taxes and more regulation."

Republicans, with the help of several oil state Democrats, successfully blocked the bill.