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[APRIL 19, 2004]  Once again, U.S. Rep. Ray LaHood, R-Peoria, urged the Senate to take action on the filibustered Energy Bill. The Energy Bill, as passed by the House, has been stalled in the Senate since last year. The House-passed bill places an emphasis on renewable fuels, including ethanol and biodiesel, two products important to the Illinois economy.

"At a time when we have gas prices around $1.75 a gallon in our area, and over $2 a gallon in other areas, it is unthinkable that the Senate cannot get an Energy Bill passed," said LaHood. "We have waited for a decade for a comprehensive energy policy in this country, and people are paying the price at the pump for not having that policy enacted. Those of us in Illinois should be doubly upset that this bill has not been passed, as it would be a great boost to our economy due to the increased demand for ethanol and biodiesel. I urge the Senate to put their differences aside and pass this bill quickly."

[News release from Rep. Ray LaHood,
18th Congressional District]

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