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House members introduce gas-price-relief bill that doesn't involve drilling

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A bipartisan group of six House members introduced a bill that seeks to relieve high gasoline prices by expanding public transportation and housing options.

The proposed "Transportation and Housing Options for Gas Price Relief Act of 2008" (H.R. 6495) was introduced by Earl Blumenauer (D) of Oregon and is co-sponsored by Chris Shays (R) of Connecticut, Ellen Tauscher (D) of California, Jay Inslee (D) of Washington, Jerry McNerney (D) of California, and Hilda Solis (D) of California.

If passed in its present form, the bill would allocate funds to:

• Expand public transportation and assist transit agencies in dealing with high fuel prices.

• Encourage car insurance policies that reward low-mileage drivers with low premiums.


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