What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Oil & Gas Industry : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Take a Number of Measures to Check the Rise in Gas Prices. (2005 house Roll Call 118)
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Take a Number of Measures to Check the Rise in Gas Prices.
house Roll Call 118     Apr 20, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

In this vote, the House defeated an amendment offered by Timothy Bishop (D-NY) to H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2005, that would have added to the energy bill a number of measures to check the rise in gas prices in America. These measures would have included: considering the impact on oil and gas prices when deciding to move petroleum into the national Strategic Reserve; expressing the sense of the Congress that the executive branch of the government ought to take steps to guard against price-gouging and "market manipulation" (Edward Markey (D-MA)); making it easier for federal agencies to reduce their energy consumption; creating a $5 billion trust fund for emerging technology; and creating and extending numerous tax incentives geared toward renewable energy production, increased energy efficiency and decreased energy consumption. Progressives supported this amendment as taking "some modest but useful steps toward making this energy bill a more a balanced bill and a more consumer friendly bill." (Markey.) Republicans disagreed, arguing that the amendment consisted of new language that had not had been appropriately vetted through committee and other proceedings, that it did not include any measures to increase energy production, and that it included "some sort of a scheme to fix the price of oil." (Joe Barton (R-TX).) The House defeated the Progressive position on this amendment by a vote of 170 to 259, with 33 Democrats crossing party lines to vote with Republicans. Thus, these varied measures meant to check the rise in gasoline prices in the U.S. were not included in the energy bill.

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