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Sen. Jay Rockefeller Will Not Seek Reelection

US Senate(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia will announce his plans on Friday to retire and not seek reelection, aides confirm to ABC News.

The longtime senator, 75, will make his announcement at 11 a.m. in Charleston, W. Va., joined by family and staff.

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Sen. Jay Rockefeller Urges Obama To Release National Oil Reserves

(WASHINGTON) -- With oil prices rising and key figures such as Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warning that a continued increase could harm the economic recovery, the chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee Thursday called for President Obama to release national oil reserves.

In a letter to the president, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., became the latest lawmaker to make the request to the White House, saying he supported “careful use of this important tool” in an effort to “relieve the uncertainty and economic harm happening in our country and around the world.”

“Dramatic shifts in the U.S. and world oil market, ongoing turmoil in Libya and throughout the oil-dominant Middle East and North Africa, prompt me to write today to urge you to prepare for timely release of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in the face of further supply disruptions,” Rockefeller wrote.

Releasing the oil, he said, “is a meaningful way to respond to foreign oil-related crises.”

In Rockefeller’s home state of West Virginia, he noted, gas prices have soared to $3.46 a gallon, a 72-cent increase from one year ago. Other senators, including New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand, have also called on the president to release the reserves.

Across the aisle there is also frustration with the White House on the issue. On Thursday, a member of the Senate Republican leadership -- Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo. -- seized on an exchange Wednesday between ABC’s Jake Tapper and White House spokesman Jay Carney to call on the White House to provide a more concrete plan to address the problem of rising gas prices.

Citing the exchange between Tapper and Carney at Wednesday’s White House briefing, Barrasso said in a letter to the president that “the American people deserve a commonsense plan for addressing rising gas prices.  ‘Monitoring the situation’ is not a viable option.”

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