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Rehberg Leads Energy Debate in New Orleans


Location: Washington, DC

Rehberg Leads Energy Debate in New Orleans

Montana's Congressman, Denny Rehberg will debate his comprehensive plan for energy independence at Tulane University in New Orleans next Monday, July 28, 2008 at 10 am MDT. Rehberg is one of four Republicans who will face off against four Democrats in the third of a series of Congressional Debates.

"Montanans are facing record prices at the pump and higher prices on everything from utilities to food," said Rehberg, a member of the Energy and Water Subcommittee of the powerful House Appropriations Committee. "In our state, we have a great opportunity to be a big part of the short- and long-term energy solution. I look forward to discussing my comprehensive plan to lower gas prices." Rehberg's plan is available on his website:

Also debating in New Orleans are Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.), Zach Wamp (R-Tenn.), Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Jay Inslee (D-Wa.), Hilda Solis (D-Calif.) and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.). The 90-minute debate, which will be carried live on XM Radio, live-streamed at and shown at a later date on C-SPAN, is part of a four-debate lineup sponsored jointly by the Congressional Institute and The Democratic Leadership Council. The debates are intended to foster practical discussions of important policy challenges outside of the political influence of Washington, D.C.

"Increasing our use of American-made energy is one of the most important topics of this generation," said Rehberg whose four-part plan includes traditional fossil fuels, energy conservation, alternative fuels and investment in technology development. "I'll fight to make sure that the resources Montana brings to the table figure prominently in the debate."

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