'Can we be as bold in energy as we were with the economy?'

US Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Ida.), in remarks during Senate floor debate of emergency economic legislation on Oct. 2.

Oct 10th, 2008

US Sen. Larry E. Craig (R-Ida.), in remarks during Senate floor debate of emergency economic legislation on Oct. 1:

"Last night we talked about a credit crunch and a credit crisis, and I believe it was worsened by an energy crunch and an energy crisis that we've just lived through, and are continuing to live through. If Congress doesn't bring that together, then we will fail, or at least we will not allow the greatest hope and the greatest expectation of our country, this great country, to see its natural level.

"Those are our challenges. Bold votes last night, bold and necessary steps were taken. Can we as a country, can this Senate as a policy-making body be as bold in energy as we were with the economy? That's the challenge we face. [As a retiring senator,] I won't face it any more, but everybody who serves here will, and I hope they can meet that challenge. If they fail, then our great nation is weakened, and the opportunities that many of us have worked for, for our children and our grandchildren over the years, simply cannot be realized."

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