Blumenauer will announce gas price relief proposal in Portland

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What sort of mystery legislation
does Mr. Blumenauer have up
his sleeve?.
(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
jeff
14 years ago

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?

Austin Ramsland
14 years ago

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. . .

Bob
Bob
14 years ago

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

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
14 years ago

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

DJ Hurricane
DJ Hurricane
14 years ago

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.

stumptown
stumptown
14 years ago

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

Lenny Anderson
Lenny Anderson
14 years ago

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.

Paul Tay
14 years ago

Scuttle-butt on the streets: More Sunday Parkways!

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
14 years ago

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.

becky
becky
14 years ago

A coupon for $200 a new bike?

RyNO Dan
RyNO Dan
14 years ago

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

toddistic
toddistic
14 years ago

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

BURR
BURR
14 years ago

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

Matt M
14 years ago

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.

Pete
Pete
14 years ago

RyNO Dan (#11): Humvees in Iraq?

KT
KT
14 years ago

\”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?

Matthew Denton
Matthew Denton
14 years ago

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.)

Erik Sandblom
14 years ago

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

Laura
Laura
14 years ago

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.

jeff
jeff
14 years ago

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.

Scott Mizée
14 years ago

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