Shea-Porter Votes for Important Price Gouging Legislation

WASHINGTON - Only a few days before the Memorial weekend - one of the busiest travel weekends of the year -- Congresswoman Shea-Porter voted to help prevent price gouging at the gas pump.

The "Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act" (H.R. 1252) would help alleviate the financial strain being put on families by high energy prices. The legislation will allow the Federal Trade Commission to investigate and penalize companies and individuals who artificially inflate the price of energy.

"It's bad enough that gas prices are going up," said Shea-Porter, "but no one should be allowed to manipulate the market to make prices go even higher. This bill will serve as a real deterrent to this kind of behavior."

"A lot of New Hampshire families are feeling the pinch this Memorial Day. The national average price of unleaded gas is currently $3.21 a gallon -- more than twice what it was before the Iraqwar."

The bill passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 284 to 141. Almost one-quarter of the House Republicans joined the House Democrats to pass the bill.