Omaha Public Radio News
11:18 pm
Tue August 5, 2008

Congressman Lee Terry to join House Republicans in floor debate on energy

Omaha, NE – Second District Congressman Lee Terry is returning to Washington D.C. Thursday to take part in House Republicans' debate on energy legislation.

Terry made that announcement during an energy rally Tuesday in Omaha. He says House leaders should call lawmakers back in to session to debate and pass energy legislation. Terry, who's seeking a sixth term in the U.S. House, says that legislation should include alternative fuels, power sources such as wind and solar energy, tax credits for consumers who buy hybrid vehicles, conservation, and offshore drilling.

He estimates that passage of a long-term energy policy would lower gas prices 30 to 50 cents.

Terry's opponent, Jim Esch, called the rally a gimmick. Esch's spokesman, Jim Rogers, says Terry should be held accountable for his seven years spent on the House Energy Committee. Rogers says Esch agrees with Terry that House leaders should call Congress back in to session.