Republicans voting that Price Gouging can continue:
The Democrat-led House of Representatives approved legislation on Wednesday that would give the Federal Trade Commission more authority to probe price profiteering from gasoline and other refined products.
With average U.S. pump prices at an all-time, inflation-adjusted high of $3.22 a gallon, the House voted 284-141 for the "Federal Price Gouging Protection Act," which bans sellers from charging prices that are "unconscionably excessive," or take "unfair advantage" of consumers.
It was the second energy-related bill the House passed in as many days, after it voted on Tuesday to give the FTC the authority to sue members of the OPEC producers group for price manipulation. The Bush administration has threatened to veto both bills...
The 284-141 roll call Wednesday by which the House approved stiff penalties for those found guilty of gasoline price gouging.
Legislators voting on the side of the people:
Democrats — Boyd, Y; Brown, Corrine, Y; Castor, Y; Hastings, Y; Klein, Y; Mahoney, Y; Meek, Y; Wasserman Schultz, Y; Wexler, Y.
Republicans — Bilirakis, Y; Brown-Waite, Ginny, Y; Buchanan, Y; N; Keller, Y;