Congress tries to tackle high gas prices by Channel 2 News staff kttu.com May 17, 2008 WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With the average price of a gallon of regular gas approaching $4, Congress is planning more hearings next week to discuss the problem. The Senate judiciary committee is summoning top oil company executives and they can expect some tough questioning. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski says people in one small town in her state are already paying $8.65 a gallon. The Energy Department has stopped buying additional oil stockpiles for the nation's strategic petroleum reserves and says it won't buy more for the rest of the year. That move came a day after Congress passed legislation requiring the president to stop the oil purchases. Some lawmakers believe the 70,000 barrels-a-day that will now end up on the open market will lower gas prices. The White House says it probably won't make a dent and some analysts agree. That last part is laughable. These lawmakers they are talking about are the Dems against opening ANWR, because the say that the 1 million barrels a day that it will include in the nations supply would not put a dent in the price of gas. They then go out and do this so that 70,000 more barrels hit the US market hoping that it will help. WTH? How is 70,000 barrels going to help when 1,000,000 will not? I DUN GET THE MATH DEMOCRATS !!!