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But Mr. Orange, at-large Democrat, argued the bill would not necessarily lower gas prices and that there is no need for the bill that would mostly affect Joe Mamo, a D.C.-area petroleum magnate. He said Mr. Mamo is a success story among minority business owners and there is no problem with restrictions on where stations buy there gas.

That’s where the fun part began. Mr. Orange explained: “McDonald’s sells McDonald’s hamburgers. If you want to sell a McDonald’s hamburger you have to buy from McDonald’s. Under your bill — if this was McDonald’s — you’re saying that people who operate a McDonald’s franchise can go buy their hamburgers from Burger King. That’s essentially what you’re saying.”

Any questions? Good, let’s eat!

• David Hill, David Sherfinski and Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report