WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Doc Hastings will give the weekly Republican radio address on Saturday and plans to discuss energy issues.
Hastings, the chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, will talk about GOP efforts to increase energy production and criticize Democrats "for policies that have contributed to higher gas prices," according to a news release from the office of House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio.
"Americans are right to be fed up with skyrocketing gas prices, which is why Republicans remain focused on an 'all-of-the-above' energy policy that addresses increasing costs and helps create jobs," Boehner said in the statement.
"It's because of the leadership of Chairman Hastings and the Natural Resources Committee that the Republican-led House already has passed bipartisan measures to address rising gas prices, and I remain hopeful President Obama will work with us to enact these solutions," he said.
Hastings of Pasco said families, farmers and small businesses in his district in Central Washington are struggling with rapidly rising gas prices.
"This pain at the pump threatens our economic recovery and makes everyday activities like taking the kids to school and going grocery shopping more expensive," he said.