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Further Message from the Senate

Location: Washington, DC

FURTHER MESSAGE FROM THE SENATE -- (House of Representatives - October 07, 2005)


Mr. BARROW. Mr. Speaker, I want to address a serious problem with the underlying bill, and that is that it relies exclusively on the Federal Trade Commission and its willingness and ability and resources to enforce the price gouging remedy in the bill.

I think we should all remember this is the same FTC that said, we do not have any authority to investigate price gouging in this area; we do not need any authority in this area. Everything is just fine, thank you very much; and then, when pressed further, said we do not want any authority in this area because we will just make a bad situation worse.

Well, Mr. Speaker, relying on a sorry bunch of people that do not know their job, do not care about their job, and do not believe in their job is like going hunting and having to tote the dog.

Our substitute corrects this problem by giving the States attorneys general the same authority to enforce the price gouging remedies that we give the FTC. The attorneys general of our States are elected by our constituents, they know the conditions in their States better than we do, they have the resources and the discretion under the substitute to decide whether or not it is in the best interest of their constituents, our constituents, for them to act when we do not. This is Federalism at its best.

I urge everybody to support the substitute for this reason, if none other. Any attorney general doing something is better than the FTC doing nothing.


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