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Letter to Barack Obama, President of the United States - Propane Shortage

Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today sent a letter to President Obama asking for immediate action to address the national propane shortage. More than 70 Members of Congress, including all the members of the Minnesota congressional delegation joined the Peterson-Smith effort by cosigning the bipartisan letter.

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We understand the current propane market supply issue causing shortages in many regions of the country is a complex situation with a number of contributing factors which cannot be ignored. Now, with more than twenty states making disaster declarations, we write to express our sincere interest in seeking solutions to the predicament.

Several factors are contributing to the current price increases and supply shortages, including a large, wet harvest, unseasonably cold weather, and transport disruptions. With extremely cold weather conditions likely to persist, many of our constituents are on the verge of a potentially dangerous situation with few options. Any further reduction in supply threatens to leave many Americans without the fuel necessary to heat homes, businesses, and livestock and poultry operations. Given the importance of this situation to consumers, we urge you to do everything in your power to address this problem without delay.

We ask that you take immediate action to help improve this dire situation and are prepared to help find responsible solutions. Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you regarding options to alleviate the propane fuel supply shortage and assisting in any way possible.

Sincerely,

Collin Peterson
Member of Congress

Adrian Smith
Member of Congress


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