March 7, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Al Cardenas sent the following letter to Republican members of the Senate, calling on them to oppose the Menendez/Burr “NAT GAS” Act Amendment (1782) to the Senate Highway Bill (S. 1813)
The ACU has spearheaded efforts to defeat similar legislation in the House of Representatives. Since the beginning of the ACU advocacy campaign to oppose T. Boone Pickens’ $9 billion energy proposal, 20 House Republicans have withdrawn their co-sponsorship.
Full text of the letter can be found below:
March 7, 2012
On behalf of the American Conservative Union, I strongly urge you to oppose any effort to attach S. 1863, T. Boone Pickens’ and Senator Harry Reid’s so-called NAT GAS Act, to the pending highway bill.
As we informed you when the bill was introduced, this bill is a variation on HR 1380, which has languished in the House because 20 members have removed themselves as co-sponsors after realizing this bill would move our energy policy in the wrong direction and cost taxpayers billions.
The bill dramatically expands the subsidy for natural gas vehicle purchases up to $64,000. At the same time, the bill calls for a tax increase on natural gas fuel. Yes, the very same people who are subsidized on the one hand would then pay an extra tax on the other. Of course, they would only learn of this “pay-for” in the years to come.
This is another attempt at government picking winners and losers in the marketplace that we hope Republicans will vigorously oppose. As we struggle with a depressed national economy and sustained high unemployment, the last thing we need is the government spending billions of taxpayer dollars subsidizing natural gas vehicles.
Should this issue come to a vote as an amendment to the pending highway bill, ACU will vigorously oppose the amendment and seriously consider this vote for inclusion in the ACU 2012 Ratings of Congress.
We strongly urge your opposition to Senator Reid’s deceptive efforts to pass the NAT GAS Act under the cloak of the Senate’s highway bill.
Chairman, The American Conservative Union
Founded in 1964, the ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security. Learn more at conservative.org.
American Conservative Union Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Kentucky Legislature
WASHINGTON DC – “Our analysis of the Kentucky Legislature reflects two personalities,”
American Conservative Union Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the North Carolina General Assembly
WASHINGTON DC – “Over the past decade, North
American Conservative Union Foundation Announces Ratings for the 2015 meeting of the Virginia General Assembly
WASHINGTON DC – “Governor McAuliffe’s liberal
Our friends at Concerned Veterans for America are on their “2016 Defend Freedom Tour” and are coming soon to a city near YOU! CVA is
It’s that time of year again.
We are 100 days away from CPAC 2016, the nation’s largest gathering of conservatives. We are happy to bring
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Trump, Cruz, Fiorina Confirmed to Speak at CPAC 2016
Leading Conservative Voices Declare: “Our Time is