8News: Package to tackle food and fuel prices passes House and heads to Senate


New legislation in Washington aims to tackle inflation at the grocery store and the pump.

The U.S. House passed the “Lower Food and Fuel Costs Act” on Thursday. Rep. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., led the push for the package in the house. The legislation targets consolidation in the meat packing industry, makes cheaper E-15 biofuel more widely available and lowers fertilizer prices for farmers.

Spanberger says it’s a direct response to people calling on them to find solutions to inflation.

“They want us to lower costs at the grocery store, particularly meat prices, they want us to lower gas prices,” Spanberger said.

Rep. Cindy Axne, D-Iowa, was one of the people involved in putting the package together. She says she is confident the biofuel provision will make a difference.

“We’re literally putting money in people’s pockets because they’re saving,” Axne said.

Many of the individual bills in the package are bipartisan. But together, they only got a small handful of Republican votes.

Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota called out his Republican colleagues when talking about the package.

“Republican colleagues who have been on television every night, and on Twitter and on social media complaining about inflation – that’s fair. What’s not fair is to do nothing about it,” Phillips said.

The controversy centers on creating a special investigator to enforce competition regulations in the meat and poultry industries. Rep. David Rouzer of North Carolina was one of the Republicans who specifically attacked that piece of the package.

“That will only add to the regulatory burden of our food processers across the country. And that’s going to increase costs,” Rouzer said.

Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., was also against the bill – and what she called the overregulation within it.

“We need to slam the brakes on any policy that empowers more government bureaucrats and impoverishes the people,” Cammack said.

Now that the package has passed the House, it will go to the Senate. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., is hopeful more Republicans will get on board to pass it.

“That legislation makes sense. It’s always harder to get things through in the Senate. But I’m looking forward to working and trying to get that bill done,” Warner said.

Recent Posts

Spanberger, Graves Press for Markup on Bipartisan Bill to Eliminate the WEP & GPO, Provide Long Overdue Fairness to Public Servants

The Bipartisan “Social Security Fairness Act” Now Has 308 Cosponsors — More Than Enough to Guarantee the Legislation Would Pass on the U.S. House Floor WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representatives Abigail Spanberger (D-VA-07) and Garret Graves (R-LA-06) today urged the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee to take the next step to eliminate the Windfall […]

Feb 29, 2024
Economy & Jobs

Spanberger Statement on Vote to Prevent Government Shutdown, Protect Virginia’s Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today released the following statement after voting with a bipartisan majority of the U.S. House to pass a short-term, stopgap funding measure — known as a “continuing resolution” — to avoid a shutdown that would damage Virginia’s economy. The legislation includes two staggered deadlines to keep the federal […]

Feb 29, 2024

During Black History Month, Spanberger Introduces Bill to Name Fredericksburg Post Office for Civil Rights Leader, Gladys P. Todd

Gladys P. Todd Was A Revered School Teacher, Voting Rights Advocate, & Community Organizer in Fredericksburg WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today introduced legislation to rename a Fredericksburg post office after Gladys P. Todd, a prominent leader in the Fredericksburg civil rights movement. Located at 1285 Emancipation Highway in Fredericksburg, the post office […]