Campaign 2010

Jul 06, 2006

John Hostettler: A Career of Loyalty to Big Oil

DCCC Press

Jul 6, 2006

John Hostettler: A Career of Loyalty to Big Oil

Oil Prices hit Record $75 per Barrel as Hostettler Continues his Career of Backing Big Oil in Congress

Gas Prices:

$75.19 Cost per Barrel of Oil – NEW RECORD CLOSING

$2.86: Average Cost per Gallon in Evansville

$1.52: National Average When Bush Took Office

$2.21: Average Cost in Evansville, One Year Ago

$3.20: Last Summer’s Record

$??: This Summer

$1,690,222 Big Oil Contributions Taken by NRCC Since 2004 Election Cycle

$714,514 NRCC Spending on John Hostettler Since 2004 Election Cycle

(Washington, D.C.) – John Hostettler’s negative campaign has been fueled by big oil money funneled to him by national Republicans and after looking at his record of supporting big oil, it’s no wonder why. Today, just hours after oil prices closed at a record $75.19 per barrel, gas prices in Indiana are soaring. Instead of fighting for those he represents, Hostettler supports big oil and then accepts their help in fueling his negative campaign for Congress.

“In vote after vote, Hostettler has chosen to reward big oil companies and the lobbyists who represent them. Billions of dollars later, it’s Indiana families who are paying the price,” said Bill Burton, communications director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “This November, Indiana families will reject Hostettler’s misplaced priorities and his loyalty to big oil and vote for a member of Congress who will fix the record prices at the pump and put an end to special interest subsidies.”

Throughout his career in Congress, spanning nearly a dozen years, Hostettler has amassed a record that would make any oil executive proud, and anyone who drives a car in Indiana cringe. Hostettler supported President Bush’s special interest energy bill last summer that sent $8 billion in taxpayer funded giveaways to big oil and since has voted against price gouging protections and to continue giving subsidies to oil companies. He opposed tax credits for energy alternatives like Ethanol and voted against money for renewable energy but voted for every energy plan and oil bill that sent billions to lobbyists and special interests. Hostettler has long been a friend to big oil, but as far as his work in Congress, he has done little to send relief to drivers feeling pain at the pump.

Grease Man – Hostettler’s Career-long Loyalty to Big Oil:

2006: Hostettler Voted Against Federal Price Gouging Law. In May 2006, Rep. John Hostettler voted against the Federal Energy Price Protection Act, a bill that bans price gouging in the sale of fuels, sets penalties for such price gouging, and permits states to bring lawsuits against wholesalers or retailers for price gouging. The vote tally was 389-34, with 190 Republicans supporting the legislation. Rep. John Hostettler was one of the 34 who voted against the bill. [HR 5253, Vote #115, 5/3/2006]

2006: Hostettler Voted to Continue Giving Billions in Subsidies to Oil Companies. In May 2006, Hostettler voted to continue providing $7 billion over five years in subsidies to big oil companies by waiving royalties for offshore drilling. Hostettler refused to explain his vote. [Evansville Courier Press, 5/20/2006]

2005: Hostettler Opposed Cracking Down on Price Gouging & Lowering Gas Prices. In 2005, Hostettler voted against three measures to provide the Federal Trade Commission with new authority to investigate and prosecute those that engage in predatory pricing, from oil companies on down to gas stations, with the emphasis on those who profit the most. This included price gouging of gasoline and natural gas, home heating oil and propane. [HR 3893 , Vote #517, 10/7/2005; HR 3893 , Vote #518, 10/7/2005; HR 3402, Vote #500, 9/28/2005]

2005: Hostettler Voted For A Final Energy Bill That Gave Billions To Oil Industry. In 2005, Hostettler voted for the conference report of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 that included an estimated $85 billion worth of subsidies and tax breaks for most forms of energy -- $8 billion in special tax breaks for oil and gas. [HR 6, Vote #445, 7/28/2005; Washington Post, 7/30/05]

  • Hostettler Voted For A House Energy Bill That Did Nothing To Lower Gas Prices. In voting for the energy bill, Hostettler voted for a measure that did nothing to lower gas prices and gave short shrift to energy efficiency and renewable fuels. Also included was $2 billion in royalty relief to the oil and gas industry over 10 years. [HR 6, Vote #132, 4/21/2005; New York Times, 4/22/05; Sacramento Bee, 4/22/05; Boston Globe, 4/22/05]

2004: Hostettler Voted Against $30 Million Increase For Renewable Energy. In 2004, Hostettler opposed an amendment to the energy and water funding bill to increase funding for renewable energy sources by $30 million - 10% more than what the underlying bill provided for solar, wind, biomass, geothermal and hydrogen renewable energy programs. [HR 4614, Vote #321, 6/25/2004; CQ House Action Reports. Legislative Day: 6/25/04; Advanced Simulation and Computing Program.]

2003: Hostettler Voted For An Energy Bill Described As “Leave No Lobbyist Behind.” In 2003, Hostettler voted for an energy bill that the National Taxpayers Union and the American Conservative Union described as “chock full of subsidies, pork barrel projects, and unnecessary spending that have little, if anything, to do with our nation’s energy needs.” The bill authorized $25.7 billion in tax breaks and spending over the next decade, including $17 billion for developing oil, gas, coal and nuclear power. Additionally, the measure shielded oil companies from lawsuits for water contamination caused by MTBE, a gasoline additive. More than 1,500 U.S. cities say they face costly MTBE pollution clean-ups. [HR 6, Vote #630, 11/18/03; National Taxpayers Union & American Conservative Union, Letter to the Senate, 12/1/03; New York Times, 11/19/03; Philadelphia Inquirer, 11/15/03; San Francisco Chronicle, 11/19/03; Houston Chronicle, 11/26/03; Dallas Morning News, 11/22/03]

2001: Hostettler Voted for Bush’s Energy Plan, Which Included Billions in Tax Breaks for Energy Industry. In 2001, Hostettler voted for Bush’s energy plan, which included $33.5 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for the power industry. The energy plan would also increase oil and gas exploration, develop new coal-burning technologies and promote nuclear energy. It also included support for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. [Washington Post, 8/2/01; Roll Call Vote 320, 8/2/01]

1997: Hostettler Supported Eliminating Ethanol Tax Credit. In 1997, Rep. John Hostettler supported eliminating the ethanol tax credit. “The important thing is to get general tax relief,” he said. “That will help farmers more. These things are much more important than ethanol.” [Evansville Courier, 6/22/97]