Campaign 2010

Jul 29, 2008

Republican Reichertís Energy Policy Flip-Flop #2: Fuel Efficiency Standards

Running Scared: Republican Reichert was against higher fuel efficiency standards before he was for them


In the spirit of the summer season, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will highlight one of Republican Dave Reichert's Energy Policy Flip-Flops every day this week.  If Congressman Reichert can't pick a side, how can he be on voters' side?


Today, the price for gas in Washington State hit a near record high $4.22 a gallon. In the eighth Congressional District, middle class families are feeling the pinch, struggling to afford commutes to work and to school. Before gas prices skyrocketed, Congressman Dave Reichert voted against increasing fuel efficiency standards to 33 miles per gallon. Scared of Darcy Burner's campaign to promote energy independence and reduce gas prices, Republican Reichert then "appeared to change his views" according to the Seattle Times and cosponsored legislation to raise fuel efficiency standards to 33 miles per gallon. How long will Republican Reichert's extreme makeover last?


"Families struggling in the Bush-Reichert economy deserve better than Republican Reichert's energy policy flip-flops," said Yoni Cohen, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. "Before he expected a tough election, Republican Reichert fought for the big oil and gas companies that fund his campaigns. Only after he appeared vulnerable did Republican Reichert claim to favor raising fuel efficiency standards. The people of Washington State deserve a Member of Congress who represents their interests all the time, not just when it is politically convenient."


FACT - Oil Companies Have Funded Republican Reichert's Campaigns


  • Republican Dave Reichert has accepted nearly $64,000 from the oil and gas industry. [Center for Responsive Politics, accessed 7/29/08]


FACT - Gas Prices Hit a Record High This Month in Washington State


  • The average price of a gallon of regular gas in Washington State today costs $4.22. [AAA Fuel Gauge Report, Accessed 7/29/08]


FLIP - Republican Reichert Voted Against Raising Fuel Efficiency Standards


  • In April of 2005, Republican Dave Reichert voted against an amendment that would have required the Department of Transportation to issue regulations requiring that cars manufactured for model year 2015 get at least 33 miles per gallon. [HR 6, Vote #121, 4/20/05]

FLOP - Republican Reichert Then Co-Sponsored Legislation to Increase Standards


  • In the summer of 2006, Republican Reichert "appeared to change his views on auto fuel-efficiency standards" according to the Seattle Times. Republican Reichert signed on to a bill - that had been introduced in September 2005 - that would require cars manufactured for model year 2016 to get at least 33 miles per gallon. [Seattle Times, 9/27/06; HR 3762, Reichert co-sponsored 7/28/06, bill introduced 9/14/05]