Thursday, July 06, 2006

Still Not Fed Up When You Fill Up? Oil Jumps To Over $75 A Barrel

Just when you thought the gas situation couldn't get any worse, it has.

As the USA Today reported on Wednesday, "Oil prices scooted above $75 a barrel on Wednesday, into record territory, propelled by geopolitical tensions and a rally in gasoline that analysts said could send average U.S. pump prices past $3 a gallon by the weekend."

"Light sweet crude for August delivery briefly surged to $75.40 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange before easing back to $75.19,up 1.7%, or $1.26. Gasoline futures jumped by more than 5.7 cents to settle at $2.2758 a gallon, heating oil closed at $2.0626 a gallon, up 3.4 cents."

"The average retail price of gasoline is $2.93 a gallon, according to OPIS. But Kloza said pump prices are likely to surpass $3 a gallon as early as this weekend."

Where is the leadership on this issue? Where are the leaders who are willing to stand up and fight for relief for working families? Where are the leaders fighting to get our nation independent of oil?

Moreover, where is Bob Corker, Van Hilleary, and Ed Bryant on this issue? (Probably the same place they were in condemning amnesty for terrorists--missing in action)

I am proud Congressman Ford is working both for relief at the pump and for long term solutions that will make our nation energy independent.

For the American people to be held hostage at the pump is simply unacceptable.

If you are fed up everytime you fill up, lets do something about it and send a new generation of leadership to the U.S. Senate!

185 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!