CARSON CITY (AP) — Republican Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley are pointing fingers at each other for rising gasoline prices and trying to tie consumers’ pain at the pumps to each other’s votes on the Keystone pipeline.
Berkley on Tuesday criticized Heller for voting against a bill stipulating that no crude oil from the transcontinental pipeline could be exported. Berkley says Heller would rather send oil overseas then use it to lower prices at home.
Heller’s campaign says Berkley’s support of the pipeline project is recent and she voted against it before. His campaign also says Obama administration energy policies endorsed by Berkley are to blame for higher gas prices.
Heller and Berkley are locked in a tough race for the U.S. Senate.