What: All Issues : Environment : Renewable Energy : (H.R. 1) On an amendment that would eliminated $70 million in funding for research relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs. (2011 house Roll Call 58)
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(H.R. 1) On an amendment that would eliminated $70 million in funding for research relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.
house Roll Call 58     Feb 16, 2011
Progressive Position:
Nay
Progressive Result:
Win

This was a vote on an amendment by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) that would have eliminated $70 million in funding for research relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency. This amendment was offered to legislation funding the federal government (such legislation is known as a “continuing resolution, or “CR”) through September 2011, and cutting $61 billion in federal funding for many government programs.  

Latta urged support for his amendment: “While citizens across the country are struggling to pay their bills, it would be very difficult to justify not being able to cut $70 million from this office. With Americans also struggling with higher gasoline prices and other fuel costs rising, Congress should focus on legislation that allows us to utilize resources we have available to drive prices down. The free market is the best place for technological innovation. Reducing taxes and eliminating burdensome regulations will allow private companies to bring new, more fuel-efficient technologies to market when it becomes cost effective.”

Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ) opposed the amendment: “…The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program supports technology, research, and development to keep America competitive and ensure our access to domestic energy sources….there is simply no more fat to trim [in this program]. Cutting the program would cost excessive job losses and defaults on past commitments. While I support the gentleman's efforts to further reduce spending, this amendment would go too far beyond the careful balance that we have crafted in this bill.”

The House rejected this amendment by a vote of 137-293. Voting “yea” were 135 Republicans and 2 Democrats. 190 Democrats and 103 Republicans voted “nay.” As a result, the House rejected an amendment that would have eliminated $70 million in funding for research relating to renewable energy and energy efficiency.

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