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Bipartisan leaders ask for Obama's help with propane shortage

Bipartisan leaders from Wisconsin are asking President Barack Obama with help during the propane crisis plaguing the state.

The list includes Congressmen Sean Duffy, Reid Ribble, Ron Kind, Gwen Moore, Tom Petri, Mark Pocan, Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson also joined the group in signing the letter.

“Many families across Wisconsin need propane to heat their homes during this historically cold winter, so these skyrocketing prices and supply shortages couldn’t be coming at a worse possible time,” said Rep. Kind. “We’re urging the President to take immediate action to get this resolved, lay out a plan to end the current crisis, and help ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

“Wisconsin’s rural areas are being particularly hard-hit by this crisis and we are taking all possible steps to resolve this shortage and identify the causes,” said Rep. Ribble. “Wisconsinites depend on these services and we cannot tolerate systemic failures to continue.”

“During his visit to our state this week, the President witnessed the extreme cold that Wisconsinites have now been dealing with for over a month. These record low temperatures have led to record high home heating prices in our state, and my constituents are in need of relief,” said Rep. Duffy.

The shortage is preventing families from keeping their homes warm during the coldest months of the year, during a brutal winter for Wisconsin.

On top of that, the price of propane has gone up during the past few weeks.

We fear that the continued constraints on Wisconsin's propane supply could lead to another crisis in the coming years,” the statement to the president read.

Earlier this week, the federal government announced Wisconsin would receive $14 million to help families who cannot afford to pay for propane.

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