WASHINGTON - League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Legislative Director Tiernan Sittenfeld today released the following statement after the House narrowly passed H.R. 3893, The Gasoline for America's Security Act of 2005 by a vote of 212 to 210.
"Once again legislation was passed in Congress through parliamentary manipulation instead of the will of the American people. Rather than working to solve our long term energy challenges, the House of Representatives barely passed legislation that rewards an already profitable oil industry with billions in giveaways and does nothing to promote energy independence or protect consumers from rising energy prices. This deeply flawed legislation limits the use of cleaner fuels and delays clean-up deadlines for harmful smog.
In truth, the radical, right-wing is using the tragedies of the Gulf Coast hurricanes as an ideological Petri dish for every half-baked idea from their political agenda. Their attempt to do this is unconscionable.
The American public has no desire to sacrifice clean air and other public health protections for polluter profits. LCV will make sure members of Congress who voted for this legislation are held accountable."