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Press Release

Stop the American Power Grab


Apparently members of Congress have too much time on their hands. Just a few short weeks after ramming ObamaCare through, Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman are already preparing for their next attack on the American taxpayer: the poorly named "American Power Act."

A far better name for this legislation would be the "American Power Grab." Little more than cap and trade in disguise, the bill would be a massive job-killing energy tax. In fact, the largest tax hike ever, and would hit the poor and middleclass, who spend a higher proportion of their income on essentials like electricity and fuel, the hardest - when American families are already struggling to make ends meet in our current economic downturn.

Cap and trade, or cap and tax, would mean sky high energy prices for consumers, but a new government slush fund for Washington. A twenty-seven cent "Fuels' Fee" on every gallon of gasoline included in the bill means not just higher prices at the pump, but higher prices on shipping and food production. It's hard to think of an area of life these higher costs won't affect. Higher energy costs will put the cost of doing business through the roof and send American jobs overseas at a time of record unemployment.

Altogether, this is far too high a price to pay for nothing in return. Any impact the legislation might have on global climate temperatures is too small to measure. The risks, on the other hand, are clear.

Take Action and urge your legislators to stand up for American families and businesses by opposing the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman "American Power Act."

To take on this new economy killer, FreedomWorks is relaunching our Cap and Trade Online War Room - full of important tools that make it easy for you to take action and send our leaders a clear message through phone calls, a petition, talking points, boots on the ground activism ideas, and issue development page to read the current state of play and opinion. It is essential to get out of the gate early and stop this threat before it can gain any traction. As we know all too well from past experience, Pelosi, Reid, and their allies will use any trick in the legislative handbook to get their big-government policies through. The sooner we put a stop to this, the better.

Although it is still only April, it's clear that Washington is gearing up for a long, hot summer and we'll have to be on the alert for power grabs and higher taxes like this. The best way that we can prepare for any situation is to continue growing the movement and getting more people involved.

Take Action, then forward this email to a friend and urge them to take a stand alongside you.

As always, thank you for your support and fidelity to the cause of Freedom.


Matt Kibbe
President and CEO, FreedomWorks