Monday, May 15, 2006


The campaign of U.S. Senate candidate Harold Ford Jr. today took national Republicans to task for criticizing Ford’s solutions for high gas prices while noting their failure to offer answers. In a statement, Ford Campaign Communications Director Carol Andrews said:

"The National Republican Senatorial Committee criticized Harold Ford for paying what a big majority of Tennesseans pay to fill up their tank. It is interesting that the National Republican Senatorial Committee didn't dispute that gas prices are too high and that oil companies, and their executives, are getting tax breaks when we drivers deserve the breaks.

"Instead they criticize Harold Ford for driving in that commercial what Tennesseans mostly drive. Again, they offer no new ideas or answers. Harold Ford is for a temporary suspension of the 18.4 cent per gallon federal gas tax, developing farm-based fuels, tax breaks to build better hybrids and more fuel efficient engines, permits to grow refining and coal producing capacity and tax credits for the expanded use of renewable energies, like wind and solar. In short, the long term answer to high gas prices and defeating terrorism is far less dependence on oil from the Middle East and greater conservation and innovation. Thus far, the Republican monopoly in Washington -- the Congress, the Senate and White House -- has only given us higher gas prices and no new ideas. Harold Ford represents a new generation of leadership.”

Listen to Congressman Ford's new radio spot here!

Watch Congressman Ford's new TV spot here!

131 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!