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Quinn Says Passing Energy Bill Would Ease Gas Prices

By Eileen Buckley

Buffalo, NY – Hamburg Congressman Jack Quinn says he is very surprised at the high price of gasoline in the Buffalo region. Quinn has some ideas of how the federal government could work to lower the price.

Quinn spends most of his work week in Washington, D.C. where the average price for a gallon of regular gas is $1.79. But Western New Yorkers are paying on average about $1.85-a-gallon for regular. Statewide, the average price is even higher at $1.87.

Quinn says the gas prices are out of control.

"When I filled up the other day, it was over $2.00 a gallon," Quinn said. Every weekend, when I come home to fill up my tank, it's up another 20 cents."

Quinn says it is time for the US to start looking at its fuel reserves and create an energy policy that "makes sense." The Congressman says he hopes that when lawmakers return to Captiol Hill they "unclog the energy bill."

"Right now that energy bill is stuck in the politics of Washington," Quinn said. "I hope, during this break, it is a wake-up call. I think what is going to happen during this two-week Easter recess, when all members of the House and Senate are home in their districts, they are going to hear from their constituents loud and clear how much it hurts to go to the gas pumps and that it costs $30 to $50 dollars to fill their car for the week."

Quinn says he's already receiving complaints from his constituents. He says high gas prices will be affecting commuters heading to work and school, and those who rely on other transportation means.

"It affects van services for seniors. It affects literally everyone," Quinn said. "Although experts will say we've been spoiled by low prices for a long time, unless there is a reason why it is so high, I think it is unacceptable."

There was some discussion of increasing the federal gas tax, but Quinn says that is "absolutely" not a remedy to deal with the spiking gas prices. He says he believes that idea is off the table for discussion.