September 25, 2008

No Response Yet From Rep. Hastings

By Patrick D Muir

Central Washington's congressman, Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Pasco, was unavailable Monday to comment on the nation's financial crisis or the proposed $700 billion federal bailout by Congress.

According to spokesman Will Marlow, Hastings was busy traveling all day -- from Washington state to Washington, D.C., and was headed directly to a Rules Committee hearing.

Hastings would not have been able to say whether he supports the proposal being negotiated between Democratic leaders and the Bush Administration, Marlow said.

"While some details of the plan have been reported, no bill has been formally introduced in Congress as of right now," Marlow wrote in an e-mail.

"Congressman Hastings will be closely reviewing the details of the final proposal and is interested to hear the congressional testimony of (Federal Reserve) Chairman (Ben) Bernanke and (Treasury) Secretary (Henry) Paulson this week," Marlow wrote.

Hastings did make a comment in a news release Monday, celebrating House passage of a bill he co-authored commemorating the 75th anniversary of Grand Coulee Dam.

"Hydropower is our nation's largest, most reliable source of renewable energy," Hastings said in the news release. " ... Protecting our dams and expanding hydropower must be a key part of any comprehensive energy plan as we aim to lower energy prices by producing more American-made power."

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