Contact: Justin Groenert (270) 769-2760
June 15, 2006

Congressman Ron Lewis reacts to Mike Weaver’s Press Conference

Elizabethtown, KY- June 15, 2006- "Unfortunately, Mike Weaver has neglected to look at the facts, including my support of recent legislation that would prohibit price gouging, expedite construction of refineries and authoring oil exploration in ANWR.
"It doesn't surprise me that my opponent is taking his talking points from Howard Dean, Nancy Pelosi and John Kerry. They are all opposed to drilling in ANWR, off-shore drilling, and expanded refining permitting. Would my opponent join his democratic colleagues and put the environment before the economic well-being of Kentucky citizens? In fact, if Mike Weaver is so concerned with Kentucky's families, why did he vote to raise the gas tax on Kentucky drivers? In 2005, Mike Weaver voted to raise the minimum tax level from 1.11 cents per gallon to 1.22 cents per gallon. He did it again this year, voting to raise the tax level from 1.22 cents to 1.34 cents per gallon. If elected, the first vote Mike Weaver will cast will be for Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House, the democrat's chief obstructionist to America's energy independence.
"We are faced with real challenges and I am working to address them. Rising fuel prices disrupt our economy and place tremendous burdens on families, farmers and small businesses. I believe we can create a stronger America by reducing our dependence on foreign oil and acting on policies to expand domestic exploration, conservation, and alternative fuel research. Kentucky, with its wealth of natural resources, can significantly contribute to national energy independence. These resources can provide new and renewable energy alternatives such as biodiesel, ethanol, clean coal and coal gasification. These are exciting developments that may very well position Kentucky as a leading force to meet our national energy needs through future decades.
"In this effort, I was proud to promote the interests of Kentucky businesses and working families through my work on The American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 and the Energy Policy Act of 2005. Both bills included important provisions to further the use of alternative fuels, including tax credits for the creation and use of ethanol and biodiesel, as well as increasing the alternative fuel consumption requirements for the country. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 also made a significant commitment to rural electrification concerns, promoting clean energy, clean coal technology, and pollution control through several important tax incentives. The unparalleled spirit of American ingenuity and ambition, starting right here in Kentucky, can accomplish the bold objectives necessary to overcome these tough challenges. I am committed to making that happen."