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Congress' Solutions For High Gas Prices

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The national average for a gallon of gas hit a new record Monday at $3.71. It's a problem congress is trying to solve. But so far they can't agreed on a solution.

If you visit Congress' websites, you can see scores of different bills and legislation all aimed at bringing down the high cost of gas. It's a lot to sift through, but here are a few key proposals lawmakers are pushing for from both sides.

Democrats are suggesting:

More taxes on money that the five largest oil companies make, and getting rid of billions that they save in tax breaks. Making laws against energy price gouging. And taking on the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries a.k.a. OPEC.

However critics of these ideas doubt they'll have an impact, and could do more harm than good.

Meanwhile republicans are pushing for:

Pumping oil from the Alaska Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, developing oil and natural gas from offshore waters, easing permits for new refineries, and allowing coal-based diesel for motor fuel.

Critics of these ideas think it takes too long to see the benefits, and coal-based diesel too harmful for the environment.

Lawmakers will be hashing out some of these ideas as soon as this week.