Every American family that owns an automobile knows that gas prices continue to rise and squeeze our pocketbooks. As oil continues to hit record prices per barrel, Congress is working to create a sustainable energy policy that supports our economy, our national security, and our environment.
Most immediately, we passed H.R. 1252, a bill that sets criminal penalties for price gouging of gasoline, and it permits states to bring lawsuits against wholesalers or retailers who engage in such practices.
With an eye to our long-term energy policy, Congress also passed H.R. 6, the Energy Independence and Security Act. This bill aims to:
o Cut our dependence on foreign oil.
o Protect the environment.
o Raise fuel efficiency standards for the first time in 32 years.
o Increase energy efficiency.
o Require at least 15 percent of electricity to come from renewable sources while providing tax incentives for renewable energy.
We continue to reach out to the President on this issue, and hope that in the near future he will work with us to protect our environment, our economy, and national security through a sensible, sustainable energy policy.
Town Hall Meeting
Please join me for a town hall meeting in Yelm on April 12th.
WHAT: Town Hall Meeting with Rep. Smith
WHEN: Saturday, April 12th, 2008, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Yelm Adult Community Center, 16530 103rd Avenue SE, Yelm
WHY: To discuss the economy, military and veterans issues, and other constituent concerns.
If you can attend, please R.S.V.P. to (253) 896-3775 or (888) SMITH09.
Ninth District Congressman Adam Smith is looking forward to meeting with constituents to listen to concerns, answer questions, and discuss issues facing Congress!