As Illinoisans face high gas prices due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine and COVID-19 supply chain disruptions, Illinois Democrats in Congress voted for a bill yesterday that would help prevent oil and gas companies from price gouging – while their Republican counterparts voted “no” on the measure and continue to do nothing to lower gas prices.
This “no” vote is the latest in a long pattern of Republicans actively working against solutions. This week, four Illinois House Republicans voted against the Infant Formula Supplemental Appropriations Act, which would provide emergency funding to address the shortage of infant formula in the United States. Earlier this year, most House Republicans, including every Illinois Republican, voted against capping the cost of insulin at $35 a month. Additionally, every congressional Republican voted against the American Rescue Plan, which has saved Illinoisans money on everything from their health care premiums to rent or mortgage to child care costs, and more.
Yesterday’s vote is yet another example of Illinois Republicans actively opposing solutions while at the same time trying to score cheap political points off our collective challenges.