Burr Statement On President Bush’s Lifting Of Deep Sea Exploration Ban

U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) released the following statement today regarding President Bush's announcement that he is lifting the Executive Moratorium on deep-sea exploration in the Outer Continental Shelf:

"I'm pleased that the President has lifted the executive order banning deep-sea exploration for energy resources. Four dollar a gallon gasoline has affected every family in North Carolina, and it is time for the Democrat Leadership in Congress to stop blocking action and pass long-term energy legislation like The Gas Price Reduction Act, which I have cosponsored. This legislation would lift the Congressional moratorium on Outer Continental Shelf exploration by giving states the ability to opt in on energy exploration off their coasts. We need a comprehensive approach to this energy crisis that allows us to find more and use less."