Newhouse opposes Trump plan to sell BPA transmission system

(Information from: Tri-City Herald,

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — A central Washington congressman says a Trump administration plan to sell off the transmission system of the Bonneville Power Administration would lead to higher electricity bills.

The Tri-City Herald reports that Rep. Dan Newhouse, a Republican, was one of three leaders on a bipartisan letter to the House Committee on the Budget opposing changes to the BPA system. The letter sent Wednesday was signed by 62 members of Congress.

The letter said any sale of assets to private entities is likely to result in attempts by new owners to charge substantially increased transmission rates for the same service to BPA customers.

The Trump administration has proposed the sell-off in its fiscal 2020 budget request to Congress. It would be a one-time federal debt-reduction move.