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Jaime Herrera Beutler Votes to Lower Gas Prices for Southwest Washington Families and Businesses

Responsible bill would help ease the pain at the pump by expanding production of America’s energy resources

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Washington, June 27, 2014 | comments
Jaime Herrera Beutler voted yesterday afternoon in favor of a bill to lower gas prices for Southwest Washington families.
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Jaime Herrera Beutler voted yesterday afternoon in favor of a bill to lower gas prices for Southwest Washington families. The Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act  was approved by a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday, June 26. 

As turmoil in Iraq contributes to gas prices climbing past $4 a gallon in Southwest Washington, the Lowering Gasoline Prices to Fuel an America that Works Act would strengthen domestic energy resources to address the rise in costs.  According to the Congressional Budget Office, the bill would also create 1.2 million jobs in America.

This bill would increase onshore and offshore domestic production of energy by requiring the processing of lease sales that have been stalled by the Administration.   It would also require the Secretary of the Interior to issue or deny permits within a firm timeline, prohibit rule changes after leases have been finalized, and streamline other unnecessary government roadblocks. The bill also establishes a mechanism to provide scientific guidance on how to ensure safe and responsible energy exploration.

“Folks in Southwest Washington have had their budgets squeezed in every area, which is why I’m pleased to support this bipartisan bill to provide them relief at the pump,” said Jaime. “People shouldn’t have to choose between filling their cars and putting food on the table.  And rising gas prices hit small businesses particularly hard; when they go up, people lose jobs.  Let’s reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy and lower the price of gas for families and small businesses as a result.”  

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