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