Congressman Tim Ryan Votes Against Energy and Water Appropriations Bill (H.R. 2609)
Washington – Congressman Tim Ryan yesterday voted against the Energy and Water Appropriations (H.R. 2609), a bill that reduced essential energy and water infrastructure investments. The $30.4 billion bill cuts $2.9 billion from 2013 levels and is $4.1 billion below President Obama’s budget request. This bill is another example of House Republicans ignoring the real issues facing the nation, creating jobs and growing the economy—and passing bills that have no chance of becoming law.
“The House of Representatives could have passed a bill that would combat invasive species in the Great Lakes region and across the nation, aid our coastal communities in preparing for hurricane season, and continue to make progress towards a future in which energy needs are met by American-made clean and renewable energy,” said Congressman Tim Ryan. “This is the way to expand our economy, increase national security, fuel domestic manufacturing and get Americans and Ohioans back to work. Unfortunately, we missed that opportunity”
This partisan bill, which President Obama said he would veto, makes devastating cuts to a broad range of renewable energy programs, including: solar, wind, energy grids and research into new technologies for energy efficient cars, homes, schools and businesses. At the same time, the bill protects tax-breaks for Big Oil.
Pat Lowry, Communications Director
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