WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Texas' senior senator, has accepted an invitation to address the 2008 Republican National Convention in Saint Paul, MN on September 3. Sen. Hutchison, the fourth highest ranking Senate Republican, will speak on the third night of the convention at 8pm CDT. Her remarks will highlight the crucial steps our nation must take to achieve energy independence and bring relief to Americans facing skyrocketing energy prices.
"I can think of no issue that directly impacts families more than surging energy prices," said Sen. Hutchison. "Congress has repeatedly failed to act to increase domestic supply, even though more than 70% of Americans support more production of our own natural resources. Sen. John McCain and Republicans support more production and have offered solutions, but the Democratic majority has blocked all efforts to increase supply and lower the cost of gasoline and electricity. Only if we choose to end the Congressional moratorium on the environmentally-safe drilling of our coasts, rapidly expand the use of shale oil, nuclear, clean coal, wind, and solar power, and increase incentives for the renewable technologies that will revolutionize the future can we responsibly address the energy crisis. I look forward to addressing the most important issue facing the country and offering clear, sensible, realistic solutions."
In addition to addressing the delegates and attendees on the third night of the convention, Sen. Hutchison will represent the state of Texas as an elected delegate, attend a number of Texas delegation events, meet with state and national political leaders, participate in policy forums, and be available to Texas and national media.