Peterson and Smith find broad bipartisan support for propane letter

February 10, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C.– Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Congressman Adrian Smith (R-NE) today sent a letter to President Obama asking for immediate action to address the national propane shortage.  More than 70 Members of Congress, including all the members of the Minnesota congressional delegation joined the Peterson-Smith effort by cosigning the bipartisan letter.

 “Any further reduction in supply threatens to leave many Americans without the fuel necessary to heat homes, businesses, and livestock and poultry operations,” Peterson and Smith wrote.  “We ask that you take immediate action to help improve this dire situation and are prepared to help find responsible solutions.”

National Turkey Federation President Joel Brandenberger said, "We commend Congressmen Peterson and Smith for leading this crucial effort.  It is clear the quick action of our representatives played a key role in emergency federal orders for priority propane shipments.  Pipeline regulators signaled their response to significant concerns from House and Senate pressure.  Congress stepped up and extended a lifeline of support to secure propane for barns to keep animals warm and family homes safe in isolated farmland areas – for that we are grateful."

The shortage of propane has resulted in price spikes across the country. The complete text is available below.

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President Barack Obama

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We understand the current propane market supply issue causing shortages in many regions of the country is a complex situation with a number of contributing factors which cannot be ignored.  Now, with more than twenty states making disaster declarations, we write to express our sincere interest in seeking solutions to the predicament. 

Several factors are contributing to the current price increases and supply shortages, including a large, wet harvest, unseasonably cold weather, and transport disruptions.  With extremely cold weather conditions likely to persist, many of our constituents are on the verge of a potentially dangerous situation with few options.  Any further reduction in supply threatens to leave many Americans without the fuel necessary to heat homes, businesses, and livestock and poultry operations.  Given the importance of this situation to consumers, we urge you to do everything in your power to address this problem without delay.

We ask that you take immediate action to help improve this dire situation and are prepared to help find responsible solutions.  Thank you for your consideration, and we look forward to hearing from you regarding options to alleviate the propane fuel supply shortage and assisting in any way possible.

Sincerely,

 

Collin Peterson

Member of Congress

 

Adrian Smith

Member of Congress

 

CO-SIGNERS:  Collin C. Peterson, Adrian Smith, Walter B. Jones, Reid Ribble, Tom Latham, Tim Griffin, Steve King, Markwayne Mullin, Scott Rigell, John Shimkus, Tim Walz, Robert E. Latta, Rodney Davis, Sanford Bishop, Bruce Braley, Kevin Cramer, Dave Loebsack, Jeff Fortenberry, Betty McCollum, Lynn Westmoreland, William L. Enyart, Richard Hudson, Tom Graves, Mike McIntyre, Lee Terry, Mike Quigley, Kristi Noem, Rick Nolan, Austin Scott, Tim Walberg, Bobby L. Rush, Rick Crawford, Mike Kelly, Mike Michaud, Chellie Pingree, Cheri Bustos, Andy Harris, Dan Benishek, Doug Collins, Adam Kinzinger, Bill Huizenga, Todd Young, Fred Upton, Gary C. Peters, David Scott, Candice Miller, Michele Bachmann, Mike Rogers (AL), Billy Long, Bill Foster, Paul C. Broun, Gregg Harper, Mike Pompeo, John Kline, Spencer Bachus, Jackie Walorski, Ron Kind, J. Randy Forbes, Erik Paulsen, Chris Collins, Marc Veasey, Tom Reed, David P. Joyce, Chris Gibson, Aaron Schock, H. Morgan Griffith, Steven Palazzo, George Holding, Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson, Ann McLane Kuster, Keith Ellison, Bob Goodlatte, Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan

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