February 23, 2012
Congressman Robert Hurt (R-5th) visited the Newsplex Thursday afternoon and spoke about the rise in gas prices.
The national average for gas is $3.61. In Virginia, the cost for regular gas currently averages $3.56, up 21 cents from last month. On average a Virginia household will spend $429 on gas a month.
Hurt says it is time for Congress to do something about it.
"I think that there is a lot of opportunity for us to adopt measures in Washington that would allow us to have a policy that would open up domestic supply of energy," he said.
The Fifth District Congressman says the House has developed bills in the last year to create a policy that would open up domestic supply of energy. He believes if we open up supply in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico and Alaska it would provide a way to provide a stable energy supply and stable prices.
"There is no question that would help our economic recovery. Not only because the price at the pump would go down, but also because we would create tens of thousands of jobs in the short term," said Hurt.
Hurt also says part of the reason for the spike in gas prices is the unrest in the Middle East.
For the full interview with Congressman Hurt, watch CBS19 News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26.
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