By Naomi Jagoda - 02/03/16 02:17 PM EST
The Senate Finance Committee's 12 Democrats are urging committee chairman Orrin HatchOrrin HatchGOP lawmakers call for overhaul of proposed corporate tax rules DEA decision against reclassifying marijuana ignores public opinion Trump op-ed counters Clinton’s pitch to Utah voters MORE (R-Utah) to hold a hearing this year on energy tax policy.
Members of the committee from both parties have proposed more than one dozen energy tax bills. Some energy tax changes have been approved, while others have not yet been considered, according to a letter the committee’s Democrats sent to Hatch on Wednesday.
The letter comes as the Senate debate a wide-ranging energy bill.
Senate Finance Committee ranking member Ron WydenRon WydenWhy you should care about National Whistleblower AppreciatIon Day Dems push to require presidential nominees to release tax returns Legislators privacy fight coincides with FCC complaint MORE (D-Ore.) on Wednesday filed an amendment to the bill that would consolidate more than 40 energy tax incentives into three credits for clean power, clean transportation fuels and energy efficiency for homes and buildings. The amendment, which is cosponsored by several other committee Democrats, is the tax part of a Democratic energy package introduced in September.
The tax and spending package Congress passed in December included extensions of tax credits for wind and solar energy, but there other energy tax provisions that expire at the end of 2016 and "need a greater degree of certainty," the committee Democrats said.
"It is critical that the Finance Committee move to address these issues in a timely manner, along with much-needed policy changes to combat the growing dangers of global climate change," the senators wrote.