While the vast majority of House Democrats voted to pass a bill to help lower gas and grocery prices and combat inflation, all 9 Republicans from Pennsylvania voted against the bill
Yesterday, Pennsylvania Democrats in Congress passed the Lower Food & Fuel Costs Act to help lower food and gas prices. Meanwhile, nearly 200 House Republicans, including all 9 Pennsylvania Republicans in the U.S. House, voted against measures to help lower costs and combat inflation.
“While Pennsylvania Democrats are laser focused on lowering costs, today’s vote shows once again that Pennsylvania Republicans are more interested in inflicting their extreme, ultra-MAGA agenda than fighting the effects of inflation. Democrats passed this bill to help lower prices at the pump and cut costs for Pennsylvanians at the supermarket – and Representatives Perry, Fitzpatrick, Kelly, Reschenthaler, Thompson, Meuser, Keller, Joyce and Smucker voting against this bill is yet another example of Republicans opposing the interests of working Pennsylvanians,” said PA Dems Spokesperson Rosie Lapowsky.
The Lower Food & Fuel Costs Act would lower costs by:
- Increasing competition in the meat and poultry industries to prevent artificially high pricing
- Making E15 fuel available year-round and encouraging production of biofuels
- Making fertilizer more accessible to farmers to help lower produce costs
- Creating a supply chain task force
This “no” vote is the latest in a long pattern of Republicans actively working against cutting costs for working Pennsylvanians and refusing to address supply chain issues. In the past few months, House Republicans have voted against bills to prevent gas price gouging, address the infant formula shortage, cap the cost of insulin at $35 a month, and more. Additionally, every congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved Pennsylvania money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.