Kaptur's first electronic newsletter

Dear Friends,

Welcome to our first electronic newsletter. I look forward to the opportunity to share information with you through this additional outreach service.

With the “dog days” of summer upon us, many Northern Ohio families will take vacations. Unfortunately, fuel costs are cramping travel plans.

Many Ohioans are looking at the our regional bounty of attractions within a short drive, such as Cedar Point, the Lake Erie Islands, or the Toledo Museum of Art, just to name a few. Our family uses the services that are available at www.coastalohio.com.

In the meantime, I hope you will consider subscribing to these occasional updates. I would appreciate an opportunity for continued dialogue on the issues of our day.

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur

Relief from High Gasoline Prices

Congress recently passed the Consumer Energy Supply Act to release temporarily approximately 10 percent of the oil from the government’s stockpile (known as the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) and to replace it with heavier, cheaper crude oil.

This one step could increase the supply of petroleum on the market and thus bring down gasoline prices. When oil was released from the Reserve in 1991, oil prices quickly dropped by 33 percent.

> View more information about gas prices and energy independence

Student Loan Rates Decline

The first phase of cuts in student loan rates took effect July 1. Interest rates on need-based federal loans dropped from 6.8% to 6.0%, which will save the typical student approximately $2,500 over the life of a loan.

This is the first step towards cutting in half the interest rates on such loans; over the next few years the rate will drop until it reaches 3.4 percent.

Lower rates will make higher education more affordable for millions of middle-class and lower-income students.

> View more information about the College Cost Reduction and Access Act

WWII Veterans Visit Washington

Two planeloads of Northwest Ohio World War II veterans have already come to Washington, D.C. to see the World War II Memorial.

These visits have been emotional for the participants and enriching for everyone involved.

Another delegation will visit to our nation’s capital. For more information, please contact my office,


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