At pancake breakfasts and town hall meetings across the country during the two-week congressional recess, lawmakers will come face to face with constituents who are fuming about soaring gas prices.
But Democrats and Republicans have their own separate plans to divert blame for high prices at the pump.
House Republicans will continue their coordinated messaging blitz over gas prices in their home districts. They are organizing a series of events with their constituents that are geared toward putting the blame for high prices squarely onto the shoulders of President Obama and Democrats in Congress.
Meanwhile, Senate Democrats hope to use consumer frustration about high gas prices to build support for repealing billions of dollars in oil industry tax breaks. They’ll bash Republicans for blocking legislation this week to eliminate the tax breaks, painting them as shills for Big Oil.