LA Sen. Vitter has ideas for helping fight oil prices

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Record gas prices are one part of our struggling economy touching nearly every home in America, and everyone has their ideas about what should be done, including Louisiana Senator David Vitter.

Vitter is traveling the state holding town-hall meetings. "A lot of issues come up, but gasoline prices are one, two, three, four and five."

Vitter says he has a solution that would ease the concerns of his constituents. "One thing we need to do is change the inaction, really, over the last 30 years, not doing anything in our own country to help ourselves and produce energy here."

He says Washington has been holding back. "We've been saying no, no, no to a lot of that and that affects supply and the price."

Just a few weeks ago Vitter had an amendment on the senate floor that said if gas got to $5.00 a gallon, congress would allow off shore drilling. "There are plenty of safe ways we can go off our shores in Alaska, from shale."

Everything we need, Vitter says, is right here in the U.S. "We have the resources here, we have the technology to access them in a safe and an environmentally sound way."

A few more yea votes in Washington and Vitter says our energy future will be moving in the right direction.

Senator Vitter's recent amendment on the senate floor received 44 yeas and 51 nays.