WASHINGTON (CNN)-The Democratic and Republican National Conventions are over, and President Bush is ready to get back to business-calling on Congress to act on several energy related issues, while condemning the Democratic leadership.
"This Congress has earned a reputation as one of the least productive in history," President Bush said in his radio address Saturday. "Throughout this year, Democratic leaders have ignored the public's demand for relief from high energy prices. This is their final chance to take action before the November elections. If members of Congress do not support the American people at the gas pump, then they should not expect the American people to support them at the ballot box."
While most of Congress was out of session during the month of August, Republicans held several protests in the chamber, urging Congress to return and vote on off-shore drilling and other GOP energy related proposals.
With Congress returning from recess Monday, the President outline three measures that need to be revisited, namely, off-shore drilling "exploration," expanding access to oil shale which can be converted into crude oil, and an extension of "renewable power tax credits to spur the development of alternative sources of energy like wind and solar."
Congress has roughly a month to decide on these matters before breaking again for election recess in late September.