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Putnam Supports Comprehensive Energy Policy

Location: Washington, DC

WASHINGTON - Congressman Adam H. Putnam (FL-12) today voted in support of H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

"With today's passage of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, we will take a serious step forward in providing Americans with a comprehensive energy policy for the 21st century. Since coming to Congress, this is the fifth time I have voted to pass energy legislation," said Putnam. "Through expanded production, increased conservation, and greater investment in renewable energy sources, America's energy future will be more secure and stable."

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, by a bi-partisan vote of 249 to 183. It now moves to the Senate for consideration.

"For nearly a decade we've been without a strategy to address the growing energy needs of our nation. America needs a balanced energy plan to guard against wild price fluctuations and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Too much of America's energy-the fuel that keeps our cars running, our lights on and our homes cooled-comes from an unstable region, which threatens our national security," said Putnam.

"As a nation, we have seen the consequences of inaction, as we're all paying too much fill our gas tanks and cool our homes. I share the concerns of all Floridians about the high price of gasoline and natural gas," said Putnam. "The dramatic increase in fuel costs we have experienced has had a direct effect on people's ability to carry out necessary activities for themselves and their families. Likewise, business and industries such as trucking and manufacturing that are heavily dependent on fuel for their operations have suffered greatly due to increased costs."

"This comprehensive energy package will balance domestic conservation and exploration and ensure that Americans will have access to more efficient, environment-friendly and sensibly-priced energy," concluded Putnam. "I would urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this legislation quickly."

A radio actuality of Congressman Putnam's statement is available to radio stations and reporters by dialing into the actuality line at (202) 226-4766 and entering 78862611, followed by the pound key (#).

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