Merkley and Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerOvernight Finance: House GOP grills IRS chief on impeachment | Bipartisan anger over Iran payment | Fed holds rates steady but hints at coming hike Panel votes to extend nuclear power tax credit DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion MORE (D-Ore.) and Suzanne BonamiciSuzanne Bonamici'Will on the Hill' pokes fun at 2016 election Overnight Energy: Greens take aim at trade deals Rep. Ellison challenges Ryan to bring Muslim guest to SOTU MORE (D-Ore.) said commodity speculations on aluminum, copper, gas and electricity are raising prices on everyday products that middle-class families use, including beer cans, home improvement products that contain copper and even gas for cars.
The three lawmakers visited Hopworks Brewery in their home state Tuesday to discuss rising costs. They then sent a letter to financial regulators demanding that they implement Dodd-Frank financial reforms and stop Wall Street speculation practices.
“That’s why I’m calling on our federal regulators to rein in this speculation,” Merkley said. “Families shouldn’t have to pay a speculation ‘tax’ at the pump, the home repair store and the beer aisle.”
Bonamici partly blamed Republicans for trying to repeal Dodd-Frank financial reforms that were implemented after the 2008 financial crisis to protect consumers.
“Federal regulators need to prevent these rising costs by moving quickly to enforce the Dodd Frank reforms, and members of Congress should be fighting attempts to undermine implementation through funding cuts and piecemeal repeal,” Bonamici said. “We should be doing all we can to help families and small businesses in Oregon and across the country.”
Oregon is one of the highest beer producing states in the country. In their letter, the lawmakers cited reports that Wall Street speculations have cost brewers and beer drinkers $3 billion.