Former Army Captain Brittany Ramos DeBarros Proposes Plan To Curb Gas Prices and War-Profiteering, Providing Economic Safety For Working People
NEW YORK—Brittany Ramos DeBarros, Working Families Party-endorsed Democratic candidate for New York’s 11th Congressional District, released the following statement calling for the Biden Administration to temporarily establish price controls on oil and natural gas in order to immediately protect American families and small businesses:
“Staten Island and Brooklyn families, just like many other families around the U.S., are being hurt by rapidly rising gasoline and natural gas prices. Meanwhile, fossil fuel companies are collecting increasingly huge excess war profits. As a combat veteran, I know the costs of war, both on the battlefield and at home. We need solutions that take swift action to reduce the economic harm currently being caused to our families and to our communities.
“Increasing U.S. fossil fuel production will also not solve the problem in the long or short-run.
“President Biden was right when he said, ‘It’s not time for profiteering or price gouging.’ But just asking companies to hold down prices won’t work. The best way to stop price increases is with price controls. It’s been done before throughout history to shield the American economy and it’s the best way to ensure defensive and humanitarian efforts to protect Ukraine can continue while reducing pain and harm to working families.
“To get action, we need to show broad support, which is why I’ve started a petition demanding price controls now and I urge people and organizations around the country to sign on.”
Banner Image: Gas Prices Surging. Image Credit – Yassine Khalfalli