Yesterday, Michigan Democrats in Congress passed the Lower Food & Fuel Costs Act to help lower food and gas prices. Meanwhile, nearly 200 House Republicans, including every Republican in Michigan’s congressional delegation, voted against measures to help lower costs and help combat inflation.
“While Michigan Democrats are focused on lowering costs, Michigan Republicans have once again shown that they’d rather inflict their extreme, ultra-MAGA agenda than provide relief for our working families. The Michigan GOP have spent weeks wrongly blaming Democrats for high costs but, when it came down to it, they voted against a bill that would lower prices at the pump and cut costs at the supermarket,” said MDP Spokesperson Alyssa Bradley. “Michiganders deserve more than the Republicans who consistently vote against their interests at every turn.”
Specifically, the Lower Food & Fuel Costs Act would lower costs by:
- Increasing competition in the meat and poultry industries to prevent artificially high pricing
- Making E15 fuel available year-round and encouraging production of biofuels
- Making fertilizer more accessible to farmers to help lower produce costs
- Creating a supply chain task force
This “no” vote is the latest in a long pattern of Republicans actively working against cutting costs for working Michiganders and addressing supply chain issues. In the past few months, House Republicans have voted against bills to prevent gas price gouging, address the infant formula shortage, capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month, and more. Additionally, every congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved Michiganders money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.