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Conaway Questions Obama's $15 Per Gallon Fuel


Location: Washington, DC

Rep. K. Michael Conaway (TX-11) made the following statement on the President's Fiscal 2013 Defense Budget.

"When I look at the defense budget, I try and look at it through the eyes of those it will affect and ask, is this congruent with the values I was elected to uphold -- or, more plainly will it hurt or harm our troops and nation?

"Regarding this budget, it is clear the President looked through the lens of his domestic and budget agendas and asked how much can I cut and still be reelected?

"A perfect example: In 2010, the Department of Defense received $400 million for energy conservation investments. In 2013 the President proposed energy conservation receives a total budget of $1 billion -- $600 million increase.

"First, where is that $600 million coming from? Second, are energy conservation projects the most prudent way to spend it?

"I am not sure, especially given the U.S. Navy's recent agreement to buy 450,000 gallons of biofuels at $15 a gallon -- four times the price of traditional fuel.

"What I am sure of is that we can find a better way to spend that $600 million and I am committed to making that happen."

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