Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA) has pulled his name from the co-sponsorship list of the NAT GAS Act (H.R.1380).
We've been fighting this bill for nearly a year now, and are excited that Rep. Barletta has become the 20th Congressman to remove his name from the list. Twenty Congressmen removing their names from co-sponsorship of a bill is unheard of in Washington. We've never seen it before.
The NAT GAS Act would provide government subsidies for every aspect of the natural gas vehicle industry - from building the vehicles, to purchasing the vehicles, to even subsidizing the cost of the fuel itself. At a time when the government spends far too much money, and subsidizes nearly every industry in some way, it would be absurd to extend its reach into yet another sector. Especially because the natural gas industry doesn't need to be subsidized.