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House Passes Ryan Plan to Fix Fuel System, Stabilize Gas Prices as Part of Energy Bill

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House Passes Ryan Plan to Fix Fuel System, Stabilize Gas Prices as Part of Energy Bill
April 21, 2005

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives today passed comprehensive energy legislation that includes the substance of a boutique fuels bill (H.R. 1493) introduced by First District Congressman Paul Ryan earlier this month to begin the process of streamlining the nation's fragmented gasoline system and help prevent the price spikes that have plagued Wisconsin and other areas. Ryan voted in favor of the energy bill - H.R. 6 - because it included his legislation to help stabilize gasoline prices in Wisconsin and throughout the country and because of other constructive provisions to meet the nation's energy needs, while protecting the environment. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 249-183 and awaits action in the U.S. Senate.

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"This is a key step toward putting common sense back into our nation's gasoline supply system. In Wisconsin we've experienced unnecessary price spikes for years because of the way our gasoline system and regulations have evolved. Streamlining the system will help us stabilize our prices and avoid these self-inflicted price increases," Ryan said. "We can have both clean air and more affordable gasoline if we work toward greater standardization of clean-burning fuel blends in this country."

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"It is vital for our nation to have a plan to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, develop more renewable sources of energy, promote conservation and upgrade our aging energy infrastructure. While I don't agree with every provision, overall this is a constructive, balanced blueprint for meeting our future energy needs and protecting the environment at the same time," Ryan said.

http://www.house.gov/ryan/press_releases/2005pressreleases/energy42105.html

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