What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Consumer Protection : H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Create a Reserve Program to Minimize Fluctuations in Gasoline Prices. (2003 house Roll Call 137)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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H.R. 6. Energy Plan/Vote to Create a Reserve Program to Minimize Fluctuations in Gasoline Prices.
house Roll Call 137     Apr 10, 2003
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Like most products, gasoline prices are sensitive to the laws of supply and demand; reduced supplies and/or increased demand for a product cause an increase in its price. When an oil refinery catches fire or a gas pipeline bursts, gasoline prices tend to increase as a result of the reduction in supply. In an effort to minimize the effects of supply system glitches on American consumers, Congressman Brown (D-OH) offered an amendment to the energy legislation providing for a Gasoline Availability Stabilization Reserve program. Three reserves--each containing about 20 million barrels--would have been established to help regions of the country blunt the price effects of a refinery fire or a pipeline outage. Progressives supported Brown's amendment as a way to stabilize gasoline prices. Consumers, progressives argue, should not suffer unduly from price increases that result from a refinery fire or a pipeline outage. Republicans voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the Brown amendment and the measure was defeated by a 173-252 margin.

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