Bustos calls for hearings on propane shortage crisis

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) joined a bipartisan coalition of other Midwestern Members of Congress in calling for a Congressional hearing on the current propone shortage crisis. In a letter sent a letter to the House Energy and Commerce Committee leadership, Bustos requested a hearing that would examine the propane shortage, the long term outlook of Midwestern supply and potential solutions to the problem. Propane prices have risen dramatically in the last month, causing significant hardships for families who use propane to heat their homes.

“As Members representing the Midwest, we respectfully write today to request a hearing into the current propane shortage, the long term outlook of Midwestern supply and potential solutions to the problem,” the Members write in the letter. “As you may know, households and businesses across the Midwest have seen significant spikes in the price of propane fuels during the severe winter cold. Any further reduction in supply threatens to leave our constituents without the fuel necessary to heat their homes and to keep livestock and poultry barns warm.”

Other Members who joined Bustos in sending the letter include Representatives Walz (MN-01), Braley (IA-01), King (IA-04), Loebsack (IA-02), Enyart (IL-12), McCollum (MN-04), Nolan (MN-08), Peterson (MN-07), Fortenberry (NE-01), Cramer (ND-00), Noem (SD-00), Ribble (WI-08), and Kind (WI-03).