Manzullo Votes to Allow Feds to Sue OPEC

While his Democratic Party opponent Robert Abboud is criticizing his energy policy, 16th district congressman Don Manzullo was joining the vast majority of his colleagues to allow the Federal government to sue the world’s oil cartel.

Of course, conspiring to keep prices higher than they would be otherwise is what a cartel is all about.

No big secret there.

In the press release below, Manzullo also announces a letter he has sent to the ambassador of Saudi Arabia asking for increased production, which he argues would reduce gasoline prices.

Supply and demand, you know.

Manzullo Votes to Allow Lawsuits Against OPEC Nations that Conspire to Keep Oil Prices High
Congressman also pens letter to Saudi
Ambassador urging increased oil production

(WASHINGTON) Congressman Don Manzullo (R-Egan) today voted for legislation to reduce gasoline prices in America by allowing the U.S. government to sue OPEC countries that conspire to keep oil prices high by limiting production in their nations.

The Gas Price Relief for Consumers Act (HR 6074) would make it illegal under U.S. law for foreign countries to collectively manipulate energy prices or supplies, permit the federal government to sue foreign countries for any such actions that directly affect the United States, establish a Justice Department task force to examine anticompetitive activities in the oil industry or oil markets, and require the Government Accountability Office to submit a report to Congress on any such activities. The bill passed the House 324-84 this afternoon.

“For too long, the OPEC criminal conspiracy has wreaked havoc on gasoline prices in the United States,” Manzullo said. “This legislation will make them think twice before turning off the spigot and continuing to manipulate oil supplies to suit their needs. The threat of lawsuits should deter any efforts by the OPEC cartel to continue to raise gasoline prices in America.”

In a separate move, Manzullo, a Republican leader on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a letter today to the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, Adel Al-Judbeir, urging the country to immediately increase oil production up to 1.9 million barrels a day to increase the supply of oil in the world and reduce gas prices in America.

Manzullo, lead Republican on the Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, pointed out in the attached letter that Saudi Arabia has the capability to produce 11.3 million barrels of oil a day but is only extracting 9.4 million barrels daily.

“The constituents I represent in northern Illinois are facing record gas prices exceeding $4 a gallon and need immediate relief before the summer starts or else our economic turmoil could spread more deeply around the world,” Manzullo said. “I believe it is in the interests of both our countries for Saudi Arabia to increase production beyond the 300,000 barrels a day already promised to commercial customers.”

Urging OPEC nations to increase the production of oil is part of the 12-point plan Manzullo unveiled earlier this month to reduce gas prices in America. The comprehensive plan includes short- and long-term strategies to lower American gas prices by combining increased domestic production of oil and gasoline with conservation, tax relief and incentives to encourage development and commercialization of alternative and renewable energies. The comprehensive plan is attached.

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United States Congressman Don Manzullo can be seen on the left, Democratic Party challenger Robert Abboud on the right.

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