Bush Pushes Congress To Allow Oil Drilling

** FILE ** In this March 13, 2008 file photo, President Bush makes a statement on FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) legislation on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. The House prepared Friday to vote on a measure that effectively protects telecommunication companies from civil lawsuits but also sets out steps for investigating the wiretapping program to determine its scope and legality. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, file)
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Washington (AP) President Bush has prodded congress to allow oil drilling in offshore waters and in the Alaskan wildlife refuge, citing “tough economic times” for the American people.

Bush went to the energy department today, where he met with his senior economic advisers to discuss soaring prices for gasoline and crude oil. Bush said one answer is to increase supply in this country by tapping “the vast potential” of crude oil reserves on
Offshore lands and in Alaska as well as oil shale.

He said congress must address this issue before it goes home

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