Kaine Strongly Urges House to Pass Historic Bill and Help Jumpstart Our Clean Energy Economy, Create Jobs
Washington – On Thursday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement in anticipation of a full House of Representatives vote this Friday on the American Clean Energy and Security Act.
“Today I call on the House of Representatives to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act, landmark legislation supported by President Obama that will transform the way we use and produce energy in America. The passage of this bill represents the next step towards an energy plan that will help fuel a lasting economic recovery, break our dependence on foreign oil, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create a framework of clean energy incentives to create millions of good, green new jobs.
“This bill represents months of extraordinary effort on behalf of our Democratic leaders in Congress, including Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman, and his committee’s members, including Congressmen Ed Markey, John Dingell and Rick Boucher, as well as Charlie Rangel, the Chair of Ways and Means, and Collin Peterson, the Chair of the Agriculture Committee. Under the leadership of Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Hoyer, remarkable work has been done to get this bill to the floor.
“The House has the opportunity to make history when the bill comes to vote on Friday – to move us closer to independence from Middle East oil, to jumpstart our clean energy economy, and to finally address the dangerous carbon pollution that threatens our planet. As President Obama has said, passing this bill is extraordinarily important for our country and I strongly urge members of the House of Representatives to come together and pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act.”