July 31, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH) today delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), requesting a special session of Congress to consider legislation intended to lower gas prices and reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil. Yesterday, the House narrowly passed a motion to adjourn for the next five weeks, without addressing important energy legislation. Congressman Chabot voted against the resolution to adjourn.
“The House should not adjourn while Americans continue to pay high prices at the gas pump,” said Chabot, who also delivered two hundred more gas receipts from area families to the Speaker. “Solutions that will lower costs for working families, including increased domestic energy production and the expanded the use of renewable energy sources, deserve an immediate up or down vote.”
Congressman Chabot believes that a comprehensive approach is needed to address rising energy costs and to reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil. In the House, Chabot has supported measures to increase domestic energy production, increase energy efficiency, make renewable energy more prevalent and cost-effective, and make price gouging a federal crime.
He has also introduced a number of legislative initiatives to help bring down gas prices and provide relief to consumers. Congressman Chabot is the sponsor of the Gasoline Price Relief Act that would give individuals a $1,000 tax credit and families a $2,000 tax credit to offset the high price of gasoline and diesel fuel. The legislation directs the President to withhold foreign assistance and arms exports to those oil-exporting countries, such as OPEC, engaged in international price fixing arrangements. Chabot has also recently introduced the Oil Speculation Reduction Act aimed at curbing excessive speculation in the foreign oil market.