At odds over how to address rising voter anger with soaring gas prices, House Republicans have spent part of the day deriding a Democratic proposal that would require oil companies to prove they're using land they've leased - or lose the leases.
The legislation failed to pass -- but it did get the support of Miami's three Republican members of Congress, who are facing their first significant re-election bids. Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen were among just 11 Republicans who voted in favor of the bill that House Republican Whip Roy Blunt called a "sham." He said the bill had been "thoroughly discredited by independent geologists, outside experts, and even members of their own caucus."
All three were among 91 Republicans to vote for a bill that calls for $1.7 billion in grants for public transportation agencies to promote the use of public transportation by expanding service routes, reducing fares, or providing more parking at stations.
"Increased usage of public transportation is one important way to alleviate the energy crisis facing consumers, but we need to take much bolder steps as a nation, such as searching for additional domestic energy," Lincoln Diaz-Balart said.
A third bill that seeks to prod the Commodity Futures Trading Commission into curtailing excessive speculation attracted widespread support, clearing the chamber 402 to 19. All three supported that measure as well.