What: All Issues : Government Checks on Corporate Power : Oil & Gas Industry : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Energy Bill to Require a Study of Consolidation of Gasoline Retailers with Refiners, Producers, Importers and Wholesalers. (2005 house Roll Call 126)
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Energy Bill to Require a Study of Consolidation of Gasoline Retailers with Refiners, Producers, Importers and Wholesalers.
house Roll Call 126     Apr 21, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In this vote, the House approved an amendment offered by Steve Israel (D-NY) to H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2005, that would require a study of the consolidation of gasoline retailers with gasoline refiners, producers, importers and wholesalers. Making the Progressive argument, Israel noted that "corporate interests are dominating pricing, controlling the market and pricing out privately owned retail outlets. Corporations are earning windfall profits while privately owned stations are struggling to keep afloat." He contended that small, independent gasoline retailers were being hurt by the fact that many large oil companies were buying up smaller companies in every part of the gasoline industry. These smaller businesses included refiners, drillers, importers, wholesalers, gas stations, etc. In addition, Israel suggested that a study such as the one he proposed would help illuminate for the public the factors behind gas prices. Republicans who opposed the amendment claimed that the study would duplicate one done the previous year, which had been "fundamentally flawed and the results [viewed] as suspect." (Ralph Hall (R-TX).) Progressives won this vote when the amendment passed overwhelmingly by a vote of 302 to 128, with 102 Republicans joining Democrats to vote for the amendment. Thus, the energy bill set up a study of consolidation of retailers in the gasoline industry with refiners, producers, importers and wholesalers to determine the effects of such consolidation on gas prices and independent retailers.

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