Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, and Bob Corker Have Some Serious Questions To Answer On Energy

Are you fed up everytime you fill up? If so, vote for Harold Ford Jr. for the U.S. Senate this year!

On Thursday, Congressman Harold Ford Jr. called on President Bush to convene an emergency summit aimed at creating new solutions to our nation's energy crisis.

Through legislation in Congress, television ads, and letters to the President and Congressional leaders, Congressman Ford has shown he is a true leader on the issue of energy independence.

Ford understands that getting our nation energy independent is at the epicenter of the problems our nation face not only at home, but worldwide.

The question now remains, will Ed Bryant, Van Hilleary, and Bob Corker join Ford in his call for an energy summit? I seriously doubt it as they have no energy plan, which is totally unacceptable for a U.S. Senate candidate.

As I have noted on this blog several times, each of the Republicans candidates have been controlled by Big Oil. Therefore, their stance on this issue will be a test of their character.

I think the voters of Tennessee deserve answers to the following questions in addition to whether or not they support Ford's call for an emergency energy summit.

One, does Bryant, Hilleary and Corker support taking the huge profits of Big Oil so Tennessee drivers can get a tax break at the pump?

Reducing the 19 cents per gallon federal gas tax, as Congressman Ford has proposed doing, would be paid for by a small tax on the huge profits of the oil companies.

Do they support doing that?

And two, does Bryant, Hilleary and Corker support greater investments to spur the increased use of farm based products as fuel for our vehicles?

Our energy problem is at the core of many of the problems our nation faces not only domestically, but abroad.

We need a U.S. Senator who is not afraid to take a stand and fight for energy independence. We know Ford will. Will Bryant, Hilleary, or Corker?

146 Days

Days of Congressional Inaction on Ethics

Above is the number of days that have passed since Jack Abramoff pleaded guilty to bribing Congressman.

It is also the number of days in which Congress has failed to pass an ethics reform bill that would limit private travel, ski and golf junkets, and would call for a full disclosure of expenses by lobbyists on members of Congress.

It is time for Congress to step up and pass an ethics reform bill that would do all of the above. In addition, it is time to end the pork barrel spending system as we know it and establish an independent ethics commission that would review ethics complaints against members of Congress.

I am proud Congressman Harold Ford Jr. is fighting for that reform!

Read Congressman Ford's call for reform of the House rules here!