ANGIE PACCIONE FOR CONGRESS
For Immediate Release
April 27, 2006
Contact Gary Chandler (970) 308-0986
With Gas Prices on the Rise, Musgrave’s Vote Record is for Inaction on Price Gouging and Big Oil Giveaways
Paccione Quote: “I call this the Marilyn Three-Step. Step 1: Big Oil donates to her campaign. Step 2: She votes for Big Oil. Step 3: The consumer gets gouged. There’s one word for it, and that’s ‘hypocrisy.’”
(Fort Collins, CO.) – With oil prices again on the rise, Colorado families deserve a real commitment to bringing down the cost of gas. Last summer, gas prices hit all time record highs and the Republicans in Washington decided to “fix” this problem by sending $8.4 billion in tax breaks and giveaways to the oil and gas industry. Summer is around the corner again and gas prices are soaring. While oil company profits increase, we again see inaction from the Republican Congress, including Marilyn Musgrave.
The Republican Plan – that Musgrave has always voted for – has three steps:
Step 1. Big Oil Donates to the Musgrave and other Republican candidates:
- $141 million was donated to the Republican Party by the energy industry since 1990.
- Marilyn Musgrave has accepted $56,000 from Big Oil PACs, including $17,000 from Exxon [www.opensecrets.org].
Step 2. Musgrave Votes for Giveaways to the Oil and Gas Industry:
- Passed an $14.5 billion giveaway to the oil and gas industry [HR 6, 7/28/05].
- Passed a $2 billion giveaway to the oil refinery industry [HR 3893, 10/7/05].
- Blocked an effort to crack down on price gouging [HR 3402, 9/28/05].
Step 3. The Consumer Gets Gouged:
- Gas prices have doubled since Musgrave took office in 2002.
- Gas prices are nearing the all-time highs of 2005.
- Exxon just reported record profits for the first quarter for 2006.
“We need to bring down the cost of gas instead of padding the profits of fat-cat oil companies,” said Angie Paccione who is running against Marilyn Musgrave in the 4th Congressional District. “I call this the Marilyn Three-Step. Step 1: Big Oil donates to her campaign. Step 2: She votes for Big Oil. Step 3: The consumer gets gouged. There’s one word for it, and that’s ‘hypocrisy.’”
While Musgrave and the Republican leaders in Congress continue to gouge consumers and give away billions of dollars to the oil industry, alternatives do exist. Other congressional leaders – whom Paccione will join with when she’s elected – have offered more viable solutions such as the Apollo Project, the Royalty Relief for American Consumers Act, and the Save Energy Now Act. Some of these projects would take $15 billion in subsidies and tax giveaways to oil companies under last year’s Energy Bill, and retarget the money to encourage greater use of hybrid vehicles and alternative fuels.
“We need to be building fuel efficient cars,” said Paccione. “We need to look more at alternative fuels such as bio-fuels. And, most of all, we need a Congress who will vote for people, not power. I will do that!”
Musgrave and the Republican Congress Passed and Energy Bill that Gave Billions to Oil, Gas and Nuclear Industries. This bill did nothing to lower gas prices. The vote was for the energy conference report that exempts oil and gas industries from some clean-water laws, streamlines permits for oil wells and power lines on public lands, and helps the hydropower industry appeal environmental restrictions. It also includes an estimated $85 billion worth of subsidies and tax breaks for most forms of energy -- including oil and gas, "clean coal," ethanol, electricity, and solar and wind power. [Washington Post, 7/30/05; HR6 7/28/2005 Vote# 445 Passed 275-156; R 200-31; D 75-124; I 0-1] Link to the Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll445.xml
Musgrave and the Republican Congress Voted Against Alternative Energy Plan That Would Give Consumers Immediate Relief At The Gas Pump. The vote was against an alternative energy plan that would bring immediate relief to consumers at the pump, increase the nation's investment into renewable fuels and energy efficiency and crack down on price gouging. It also directed the Federal Trade Commission and Attorney General to exercise vigorous oversight over the oil markets to protect the American people from price gouging and unfair practices at the gasoline pump. Furthermore, the alternative would extend for five years the tax credit that provides incentives for investments in solar, wind, geothermal and biomass technologies and provide several tax incentives for energy efficiency. Finally, the measure would prohibit federal or state permits or leases for new oil or gas drilling in or under the Great Lakes. The measure was rejected, 170-259. [HR6 4/20/2005 Vote# 118] Link to the Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll118.xml
Musgrave and the Republican Congress Voted Against Cracking Down On Price Gouging. The vote was against a proposal to make it illegal during an energy crisis to sell crude oil, gasoline or petroleum at unconscionable levels. The legislation would also provide the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) with new authority to investigate and prosecute those that engage in this "predatory pricing", from oil companies on down to local gas stations, with an emphasis on those who profit most. This includes the gouging of gasoline, home heating oil, propane or natural gas. Some fines collected from such offences will go towards the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) which aids consumers in paying their heating bills. [Rep Stupak Press Release, 9/28/05; HR3402 9/28/2005 Vote# 500; Failed 195-226; R 0-226; D 194-0; I 1-0] Link to the Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll500.xml
The Republican Congress Opposed Cracking Down on Price Gouging & Lowering Gas Prices. The vote was against a measure to provide the Federal Trade Commission with new authority to investigate and prosecute those that engage in predatory pricing, from oil companies on down to gas stations, with the emphasis on those who profit the most. This includes price gouging of gasoline and natural gas, home heating oil and propane. The measure increased funding for the low-income home energy assistance program through fines from price-gouging companies and created a strategic refinery reserve with capacity equal to 5 percent of the total United States demand for gasoline, home heating oil and other refined petroleum products. [Reps. Stupak & Boucher, Remarks, Congressional Record, pg H8780, 10/7/05; HR3893 10/7/2005 Vote# 517 Failed 199-222; R 2-222; D 196-0; I 1-0] Link to the Roll Call Vote: http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2005/roll517.xml