73 House Republicans still support natural gas subsidy bill 

A number of Republicans have fled from a $5 billion bill to boost natural gas subsidies, but at a time when the party has been talking a big game about reducing government waste, sadly, 73 House Republicans are still backing the measure.

The NAT GAS Act would offer tax subsidies of up to $7,500 for standard passenger cars and $64,000 for large trucks that are capable of using natural gas. On top of this, gas stations that install natural gas pumps could be eligible for credits as high as $100,000.

Billionaire energy tycoon T. Boone Pickens has been pushing the legislation hard, and it's no surprise that the bill's co-sponsors are heavily concentrated in states with large natural gas reserves such as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. The bill's lead sponsor is Oklahoma Republican Rep. John Sullivan.

On the flip side, the bill is being heavily fought by chemical companies, fertilizer makers and other businesses that currently produce products that use natural gas, because diverting more of it to be used as transportation fuel would hike the price. It would also boost costs for those who use natural gas to heat their homes.

In addition, Club for Growth President Chris Chocola has pointed out that a provision in the law implicitly concedes the Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate carbon.

To be clear, the important issue raised by this proposal isn't whether to be on the side of one industry or another. The salient point is that big government should be fought in all its forms. Sometimes it's about opposing massive government spending, but other times it's about exposing attempts to lard up the tax code with special interest carve outs.

It's disapponting to see that even Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., the  libertarian, has co-sponsored the bill in keeping with his support for tax credits, which he sees  as tax cuts. However, one of the strongest arguments for why we should have lower taxes in the first place is that individuals should be able to decide how their own money is spent rather than forking it over to politicans to spend it for them. Tax credits represent Congress telling the American people, "We're going to tax you less if you spend your money the way we want you to." And ultimately, tax credits such as these drive up tax rates for everybody else.

If Republicans are serious about changing Washington, they need to be working on eliminating special interest subsidies and streamlining the tax code, not creating new handouts to big business and further complicating the tax code.

Below, I've pasted a list of all the Republicans who are currently listed as co-sponsors of the bill,  followed by those who have withdrawn their support.

Sponsor:

Rep Sullivan, John [OK-1] (introduced 4/6/2011)

Co-sponsors:

Rep Alexander, Rodney [LA-5] - 4/6/2011

Rep Bachus, Spencer [AL-6] - 4/6/2011

Rep Barletta, Lou [PA-11] - 4/15/2011

Rep Barton, Joe [TX-6] - 4/6/2011

Rep Bilbray, Brian P. [CA-50] - 4/6/2011

Rep Bishop, Rob [UT-1] - 4/6/2011

Rep Blackburn, Marsha [TN-7] - 4/6/2011

Rep Bonner, Jo [AL-1] - 4/12/2011
Rep Bono Mack, Mary [CA-45] - 4/6/2011

Rep Boustany, Charles W., Jr. [LA-7] - 4/6/2011
Rep Brady, Kevin [TX-8] - 4/6/2011

Rep Burton, Dan [IN-5] - 4/6/2011

Rep Calvert, Ken [CA-44] - 4/7/2011

Rep Carter, John R. [TX-31] - 4/7/2011

Rep Cassidy, Bill [LA-6] - 4/14/2011

Rep Chabot, Steve [OH-1] - 5/24/2011

Rep Cole, Tom [OK-4] - 4/6/2011

Rep Conaway, K. Michael [TX-11] - 4/6/2011

Rep Culberson, John Abney [TX-7] - 4/6/201

Rep Denham, Jeff [CA-19] - 4/14/2011

Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [MO-8] - 4/7/2011

Rep Fitzpatrick, Michael G. [PA-8] - 5/26/2011

Rep Fleming, John [LA-4] - 4/6/2011

Rep Forbes, J. Randy [VA-4] - 5/11/2011
Rep Franks, Trent [AZ-2] - 5/12/2011

Rep Gallegly, Elton [CA-24] - 4/6/2011
Rep Gerlach, Jim [PA-6] - 4/8/2011
Rep Gohmert, Louie [TX-1] - 4/14/2011

Rep Granger, Kay [TX-12] - 5/24/2011

Rep Grimm, Michael G. [NY-13] - 4/6/2011
Rep Hall, Ralph M. [TX-4] - 4/6/2011

Rep Harper, Gregg [MS-3] - 4/6/2011

Rep Hunter, Duncan D. [CA-52] - 4/14/2011
Rep Issa, Darrell E. [CA-49] - 4/6/2011

Rep Jones, Walter B., Jr. [NC-3] - 4/6/2011

Rep King, Peter T. [NY-3] - 4/7/2011

Rep Landry, Jeffrey M. [LA-3] - 4/7/2011

Rep Lankford, James [OK-5] - 4/6/2011

Rep LaTourette, Steven C. [OH-14] - 4/14/2011

Rep Lucas, Frank D. [OK-3] - 4/6/2011
Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [WY] - 4/6/2011
Rep Lungren, Daniel E. [CA-3] - 4/14/2011

Rep Marchant, Kenny [TX-24] - 4/6/2011
Rep Marino, Tom [PA-10] - 4/15/2011

Rep McCaul, Michael T. [TX-10] - 4/6/2011
Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. [MI-11] - 4/14/2011

Rep Meehan, Patrick [PA-7] - 4/15/2011

Rep Miller, Jeff [FL-1] - 4/14/2011

Rep Murphy, Tim [PA-18] - 4/6/2011
Rep Myrick, Sue Wilkins [NC-9] - 4/7/2011

Rep Olson, Pete [TX-22] - 4/8/2011

Rep Paul, Ron [TX-14] - 4/15/2011

Rep Platts, Todd Russell [PA-19] - 4/14/2011
Rep Poe, Ted [TX-2] - 4/14/2011
Rep Posey, Bill [FL-15] - 4/14/2011

Rep Reed, Tom [NY-29] - 4/13/2011
Rep Rehberg, Denny [MT] - 4/6/2011

Rep Rogers, Mike D. [AL-3] - 4/6/2011
Rep Rogers, Mike J. [MI-8] - 5/13/2011

Rep Rooney, Thomas J. [FL-16] - 4/7/2011

Rep Scalise, Steve [LA-1] - 4/6/2011

Rep Scott, Austin [GA-8] - 4/8/2011

Rep Sessions, Pete [TX-32] - 4/6/2011

Rep Shuster, Bill [PA-9] - 4/6/2011

Rep Simpson, Michael K. [ID-2] - 4/6/2011

Rep Smith, Lamar [TX-21] - 4/8/2011

Rep Terry, Lee [NE-2] - 4/6/2011

Rep Thornberry, Mac [TX-13] - 4/7/2011

Rep Tiberi, Patrick J. [OH-12] - 5/12/2011

Rep Westmoreland, Lynn A. [GA-3] - 4/12/2011

Rep Wilson, Joe [SC-2] - 4/7/2011

Rep Young, Don [AK] - 4/14/2011

 

Withdrawn support:

Rep Thompson, Glenn [PA-5] - 4/6/2011(withdrawn - 5/26/2011)

Rep Gardner, Cory [CO-4] - 4/6/2011(withdrawn - 6/13/2011)
Rep Rigell, E. Scott [VA-2] - 4/7/2011(withdrawn - 6/16/2011)
Rep Tipton, Scott [CO-3] - 4/7/2011(withdrawn - 6/13/2011)
Rep Kline, John [MN-2] - 4/7/2011(withdrawn - 6/14/2011)
Rep Griffin, Tim [AR-2] - 4/12/2011(withdrawn - 5/26/2011)
Rep Kelly, Mike [PA-3] - 4/12/2011(withdrawn - 6/14/2011)
Rep Bucshon, Larry [IN-8] - 4/13/2011(withdrawn - 6/13/2011)
Rep Pearce, Stevan [NM-2] - 4/14/2011(withdrawn - 5/10/2011)
Rep Farenthold, Blake [TX-27] - 4/15/2011(withdrawn - 6/16/2011)
Rep Nugent, Richard [FL-5] - 4/15/2011(withdrawn - 6/16/2011)
Rep Coffman, Mike [CO-6] - 5/3/2011(withdrawn - 6/13/2011)
Rep Akin, W. Todd [MO-2] - 5/12/2011(withdrawn - 5/23/2011)
Rep Pitts, Joseph R. [PA-16] - 6/3/2011(withdrawn - 6/22/2011)

 

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