Marcy Kaptur

07/09/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/09/2024 16:46

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Washington, DC - Today, House Appropriations Committee Democrats unanimously opposed Republicans' 2025 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill. This bill raises costs for American households, undermines infrastructure investments, and weakens our national security.

For 2025, the Energy and Water bill provides $59 Billion. Within that amount, the bill provides $25 Billion for nondefense programs, a cut of over $1.4 Billion, or 5.4 percent, below the fiscal year 2024 enacted level, and $34 billion for defense programs, an increase of $906 Million, or 2.7 percent, above the fiscal year 2024 enacted level, creating a further disparity between domestic and defense programs. The legislation:

  1. Increases energy costs and jeopardizes energy security by cutting the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs by $1.5 Billion or 43 percent.
  2. Hurts United States' competitiveness, fails to confront the climate crisis, and eliminates good-paying jobs by revoking $8 Billion from the Department of Energy's Loans Programs, an increasingly successful set of programs that promote climate-friendly innovation and American manufacturing.
  3. Targets disadvantaged communities by slashing the Weatherization Assistance Program which will drive up the cost of home energy bills for approximately 54,000 low-income homes and by prohibiting funding related to the Department of Energy's Justice40 initiative.

"Today the Republican Majority passed a shortsighted partisan bill, which I urged my colleagues to oppose. The bill cuts vital energy and climate programs at the Department of Energy - shortchanging these advances pushes our nation backwards. This legislation fails to modernize our nation's electric grids, fails to advance innovation relative to our global competitors in materials and manufacturing, and fails to build domestic end-to-end supply chains for jobs in the new energy economy," said Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Ranking Member Marcy Kaptur (OH-09). "Additionally this bill cuts nuclear nonproliferation programs that reduce nuclear risks and counter the global challenge of nuclear proliferation. The inclusion of numerous controversial poison pill policy riders sadly shows extremist Republicans are not interested in bills that can gain bipartisan support and become law. America can and must do better as our future greatly relies on the new age frontiers of Energy and Water."

Congresswoman Kaptur's full remarks as prepared for delivery are available by clicking here. A full recording of Congresswoman Kaptur's remarks as delivered can be found by clicking here.

"We have the opportunity to make strategic investments that lower energy costs for American families, promote America's energy independence, and support a robust and modern manufacturing sector. Instead, the majority has chosen to increase energy costs, jeopardize our energy independence and national security, hurt our global competitiveness, and put tens of thousands of good-paying manufacturing jobs at risk," said Appropriations Committee Ranking Member Rosa DeLauro (CT-03). "Despite record temperatures, House Republicans' Energy and Water funding bill fails to confront the climate crisis, denying the scientific consensus and ignoring the worsening natural disasters that have become more severe and more common in each of our districts. The bill directly targets disadvantaged communities by slashing funding for the Weatherization Assistance Program, which will drive up the cost of home energy bills for roughly 54,000 low-income homes. This bill and its extreme cuts and riders are robbing from our children's and grandchildren's economic, energy, and environmental future."

Congresswoman DeLauro's full remarks as prepared for delivery are available by clicking here.

A summary of House Republicans' 2025 Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies funding bill can be found here. A fact sheet of the bill is here.

The text of the bill, before the adoption of amendments in full Committee, is here. The bill report, before the adoption of amendments in full Committee, is here. Information on Community Project Funding in the bill is here.

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