Congressmen Latta, Walz Announce Bipartisan Congressional Propane Caucus
Washington, DC [5/21/15] – Today, Congressman Robert E. Latta (R-OH) and Congressman Tim Walz (D-MN) announced the founding of the Congressional Propane Caucus.
The caucus has been formed in order to provide a bipartisan forum to engage Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on issues of importance to propane consumers and the propane industry.
“I’m proud to lead this caucus with Rep. Latta. Propane is essential for hundreds of thousands of Minnesota families, not only to heat their homes during the long, cold winter, but also for cooking, laundry, and farming,” Rep. Walz, Co-Chair of the Propane Caucus, said. “It is imperative that we do everything in our power to protect families and local businesses from facing the price shocks we witnessed in the winter of 2014 when a lack of supply put people’s lives and livelihoods at risk.”
“I am pleased to join my colleague Congressman Walz in leading this effort in the House. Thanks to an increase in domestic production and the development of shale formations across the country – including the Utica/Point Pleasant formation in my home state of Ohio - Americans are blessed with an abundance of this essential resource,” said Propane Caucus Co-Chair Rep. Latta. “Propane is vital to our every day lives; it heats our homes, aids in the production of our farms, and is increasingly being used as an alternative, clean burning fuel for transportation. I pleased to start this caucus in order to educate fellow Members of Congress on the many uses of propane, its importance to the constituents we serve, and the issues both the industry and its consumers face.”
Propane is an abundant, clean-burning, domestic fuel that is a key component in America’s energy portfolio. Propane contributes $38.7 billion to America’s GDP and provides nearly 50,000 domestic jobs. Furthermore, over 50 million Americans choose propane as their energy source in a wide array of applications, including:
· Residential and commercial space heating (furnaces, boilers, and gas logs), water heating, cooking, and clothes drying
· Farm use for irrigation pumps, grain dryers, standby generators and other agricultural equipment
· As an alternative transportation fuel in school buses, delivery vans, pickup trucks, law enforcement vehicles, and forklifts
· Industrial space heating and process applications
Recent developments in the energy sector have generated a strong domestic propane supply that is projected to remain plentiful for the foreseeable future. However, many challenges exist to ensure that Americans have an adequate supply off propane when they need it.
The Congressional Propane Caucus was designed to focus on these challenges, so that Congress can ensure that propane continues to serve American consumers in a consistent, reliable, and affordable manner.
Founding Members of the Caucus include five Members of each party.
Congressional Propane Caucus Founding Members
Co-Chair, Rep. Robert E. Latta (R-OH)
Co-Chair, Rep. Tim Walz (D-MN)
Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY)
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI)
Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA)
Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI)
Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA)
Rep. Rick Nolan (D-MN)
Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY)
Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT)