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Senator Clinton addresses energy cost concerns

ROUSES POINT During her visit to the Wyeth Pharmaceuticals and Akrimax Pharmaceuticals facilities Tuesday morning, U.S. Sen. Hillary R. Clinton, D-N.Y., addressed the issue of escalating energy costs. Clinton announced she is joining Congressman John M. McHugh, R-Pierrepont Manor, in introducing new legislation to address the soaring cost of home heating oil. The senator Clinton underscored the need to provide relief to North Country families feeling the strain of rising prices. The fact is, with the ever-increasing cost of energy, a lot of families are going to have a hard time. These are good-paying jobs here at this facility, Clinton said, referring to Wyeth and Akrimax, but even with good-paying jobs like these, the costs of heating are going to take a bigger chunk out of peoples budgets come this winter. Clinton's legislative package will include direct financial assistance for low-income and middle-class families, as well as increased funding for efforts to reduce energy costs for low-income families by making their homes more energy efficiency. Were going to work our way through this energy challenge, because just like the challenge we faced here starting in 2005, there are answers, said Clinton. There are things we need to do as a nation, so that we can begin to take back our energy destiny. More information about Clintons proposed legislation may be found on her Web site, www.clinton.senate.gov.

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