Nearly 200 House Democrats call for focus on clean energy tax credits in reconciliation

Nearly 200 House Democrats call for focus on clean energy tax credits in reconciliation
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Nearly all of the House Democratic majority on Tuesday called on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense & National Security — Presented by Raytheon Technologies — Navy probe reveals disastrous ship fire response GOP rep leaves committee assignments after indictment Under pressure, Democrats cut back spending MORE (D-Calif.) and Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton HoyerPowerful Democrats push back on one-year extension of child tax credit The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - Democrats optimistic after Biden meetings House to vote Thursday on holding Bannon in contempt MORE (D-Md.) to ensure any final infrastructure package includes energy efficiency and clean transportation tax incentives.

The letter sent to the Speaker was led by Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerIlhan Omar to Biden: 'Deliver on your promise to cancel student debt' Milestone bill would bar imports linked to forest destruction First new congressional map approved in Oregon after 2020 Census MORE (D-Ore.), Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-Calif.), Jason CrowJason CrowThe United States must lead the way on artificial intelligence standards Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Afghan evacuation still frustrates MORE (D-Colo.), Mike Levin (D-Calif), and Donald McEachinAston (Donale) Donald McEachinA holistic approach to climate equity Nearly 200 House Democrats call for focus on clean energy tax credits in reconciliation End the practice of hitting children in public schools MORE (D-Va.) and signed by a total of more than 180 House Democrats.

The letter calls such features essential to help the U.S. economic recovery. It also describes them as particularly urgent in light of the ominous report issued Monday by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. That report issued a “code red” on climate change, calling warming of at least 1.5 degrees Celsius inevitable and saying immediate action is needed to prevent a further increase.

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Any package, the representatives wrote, should extend and update commercial and residential energy efficiency programs as well as energy-efficient transportation and renewable fuels. The letter also calls for a direct pay option in projects that face financing difficulties.

“These incentives will play a critical role in America’s economic recovery, alleviate some of the pollution impacts that have been borne by disadvantaged communities, and help the country build back better and cleaner,” the letter to Hoyer and Pelosi states. “We look forward to working with you to include a stable, predictable, and long-term clean energy, energy efficiency, and clean transportation tax platform in the infrastructure package this year.”

Under the budget reconciliation framework released Monday, the Senate Energy & Commerce Committee would receive $198 billion, including funds for a clean electricity standard. However, the framework does not specify dollar amounts for specific agenda items, and committee chairman Joe ManchinJoe ManchinK Street revenues boom Biden champions economic plan as Democrats scale back ambitions On The Money — Democrats eye tough choices as deadline looms MORE (D-W.Va.) has historically been one of the chamber’s most skeptical Democrats on renewable energy.