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Blumenauer will announce gas price relief proposal in Portland

Posted by on June 27th, 2008 at 9:54 am

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What sort of mystery legislation
does Mr. Blumenauer have up
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(Photo © J. Maus)

On Monday morning, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be in Portland to announce legislation that he says will provide immediate relief from high gas prices.

A statement issued today from Blumenauer’s office says that, “Although there is no silver bullet for solving the energy crisis, Portland and the metro region have led the way in providing innovative and cost effective methods for helping people deal with the rising costs of gas.”

Specifics of the bill won’t be revealed until Monday’s event, but the statement says it will take ideas from Portland even further by having the federal government, “invest in communities instead of gas tanks,” and that it will, “provide consumers with housing and transportation options.”

Blumenauer will be joined at the event by: Rick Williams, head of the Lloyd District Transportation Management Assocation, Metro Council President David Bragdon, and representatives from TriMet and the Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG).

With bicycling making headlines around the country and lines being drawn for the transportation funding battle to come next year, Blumenauer has been asserting his bike-friendly credentials in Congress and in the media.

This week he appeared in Congressional Quarterly and he was interviewed during his daily ride to work by a reporter with National Public Radio.

    Blumenauer Gas Price Relief Proposal Press Conference
    10:00 am — Monday, June 30
    Office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (729 NE Oregon Street, Suite 115)

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  • jeff June 27, 2008 at 10:01 am

    interesting…Earl\’s saavy enough not to propose a bankrupt idea like a federal gas tax summer holiday, a la McCain & Hillary.

    anyone want to guess what he\’s got up his sleeve?

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  • Austin Ramsland June 27, 2008 at 10:11 am

    This is odd. Especially after the local Oil lobby went after Sam\’s Safe, Sound, and Green Streets effort. I wonder whats going on here. . .

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  • Bob June 27, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I love Earl but do you really think he has a shot of defeating the oil companies that own Congress?

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  • Jonathan Maus (Editor) June 27, 2008 at 10:16 am

    i\’m curious too.. his office is working on a bill summary now and I hope to post it soon as i can.

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  • DJ Hurricane June 27, 2008 at 10:35 am

    Trust me, you\’re gonna like it. It will probably be a trial run for the coming Democratic Congress (i.e., won\’t get through the Oil Lobby\’s GOP lap dogs this time), but we\’ll see.

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  • stumptown June 27, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Could it be that Earl is going to provide the funds for moving and installing the Sauvie island bridge over Flanders? ;)

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  • Lenny Anderson June 27, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Maybe for transfering funds that would go for the massive CRC bridge to building a subway thru downtown and a try high capacity transit system.

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  • Paul Tay June 27, 2008 at 10:45 am

    Scuttle-butt on the streets: More Sunday Parkways!

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  • Jonathan Maus (Editor) June 27, 2008 at 10:51 am

    update from Blumenauer\’s office…. no more details of the proposal will be made until after Monday\’s press conference.

    i\’ll be there and will post asap.

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  • becky June 27, 2008 at 10:55 am

    A coupon for $200 a new bike?

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  • RyNO Dan June 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Where IS all that gas $ going ?
    Anyway, see you at the North Freak ride.

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  • toddistic June 27, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Oh man, this is like an episode of \’24\’ where they leave you hanging right at the end.

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  • BURR June 27, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Please get another picture of Earl to use, that one\’s just scary!

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  • Matt M June 27, 2008 at 11:23 am

    I think it is going to be hard to \”provide immediate relief\”. Maybe lowering bus/max prices? Unfortunately, I think it is going to take some longer term projects and citizens rethinking the way they get around to turn off the oil hose.

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  • Pete June 27, 2008 at 11:32 am

    RyNO Dan (#11): Humvees in Iraq?

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  • KT June 27, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    \”Specifics of the bill won’t be revealed until Monday’s event, but the statement says it will take ideas from Portland even further by having the federal government, “invest in communities instead of gas tanks,” and that it will, “provide consumers with housing and transportation options.”\”

    (Quoted from J\’s article, above)
    Weird… how is the federal gov\’t going to do this? I am especially curious about providing consumers with housing and transportation options… is that like providing dorms and rental bikes closer to peoples\’ work sites? How is that going to be accomplished?

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  • Matthew Denton June 27, 2008 at 1:56 pm

    I think a couple changes to the FHA/VA/etc laws to allow them to loan money for people buying units in multi-unit dwellings would do wonders.

    And I doubt the oil industry would fight that…

    (Although I agree with Lenny: Spend money on transit, not highways.)

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  • Erik Sandblom June 27, 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I think Becky is right. It will be some kind of tax rebate for buying a new bicycle.

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  • Laura June 27, 2008 at 6:12 pm

    Last winter, on a Sunday morning in downtown Portland, Congressman Blumenauer convened a group of forward thinking transportation professionals to brainstorm ideas for a new sustainable infrastructure bill he was working on. Maybe this is the unveiling.

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  • jeff June 27, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    jonathan, you replaced Earl\’s picture per Ra — i mean BURR\’s (#13) — request, but it\’s worse than the last. He now looks like some sort of demented, & slightly perturbed, equestrian.

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  • Scott Mizée June 28, 2008 at 10:41 am

    sheesh… have you pleople no mercy?!!? :) just imagine what you would like Earl to look like in the photo then! lets go ride bikes.

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