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Tanner statement on ‘cap and trade’ legislation

tannerheaderWASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. John Tanner issued the following statement regarding his opposition to “cap and trade” legislation (H.R. 2454), which passed the House of Representatives Friday without Tanner’s support.

“We share the concerns of many in West and Middle Tennessee about the negative impact this legislation, as passed by the House, could have on families, small businesses and farmers in the 8th District, many of whom already face tough times because of today’s unprecedented economic challenges.

“We realize action is needed to address our country’s energy needs, lessen our dependence on foreign sources of energy, and ensure good stewardship of our environment. This legislation, however, is not the best approach and does not come at the right time. Many of us are hopeful the Senate will produce legislation that addresses these goals without the negative impact the House-passed bill could have on the 8th District.”

About Representative John Tanner

John TannerTanner represents the 8th Congressional District in West and Middle Tennessee. Co-founder of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrats, Tanner serves on the Ways and Means Committee, where he chairs the Social Security Subcommittee, and on the Foreign Affairs Committee. A veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Tennessee Army National Guard, Tanner chairs the U.S. delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly and is serving a two-year term as NATO PA President.



  1. the bill passed by the house on cap and trade HR2454 will do nothing for our energy needs by cost everyone of us more money in higher bills as TVA passes the operating cost on to us. The bill That we must Pass is HR 1835, this will reducess our need for oil by makeing CNG (compressed natural gas)powered big rigs and buses more prevelant. GM is the largest maker of CNG trucks but they are used only oversea’s. we need to build this system here. tell your Sentor to vote no on ther cap and trade bill. and tell your congress men to pass HR 1835

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