What: All Issues : Environment : Renewable Energy : H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Permit Additional Types of Renewable Fuels to Be Eligible for a Particular Grant Program in Energy Bill. (2005 house Roll Call 125)
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H.R. 6. Energy/Vote on Amendment to Permit Additional Types of Renewable Fuels to Be Eligible for a Particular Grant Program in Energy Bill.
house Roll Call 125     Apr 21, 2005
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Win

In this vote, the House approved an amendment offered by Eliot Engel (D-NY) to H.R. 6, The Energy Policy Act of 2005, that would permit makers of additional types of renewable fuels, including a fuel made from "urban waste," to be eligible for grants made under the auspices of a program to fund "cellulosic biomass ethanol" and "waste-derived ethanol" (ethanols derived from wood and agricultural waste). Taking the Progressive position, Engel argued that his amendment would demonstrate Congress's seriousness regarding alternative, renewable fuels. He added that the amendment would simply open up the grant program to more renewable-fuels companies, and that the Secretary of Energy would still have the discretion to refuse to fund any company or project that was objectionable. Republicans who opposed the amendment termed it "an attempt to grant special treatment to one company, with one facility, in one State." (George Radanovich (R-CA).) Progressives won this vote when the House approved this amendment by a vote of 239 to 190, with 45 Republicans joining Democrats to support it. Thus, this particular renewable energy grant program was expanded in the bill.

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