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Cloture on motion to proceed to Energy Extenders bill defeated 52-44
Written by Administrator   
June 17, 2008

THE POLITICAL SEASON IS HURTING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL, ENERGY and NATIONAL SECURITY

Washington, DC (June 17, 2008) - Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency tax extension and enhancement bills have been going back and forth like ping pong balls at an Olympic match. Though Democratic and Republican legislators support the various energy tax extensions, election year posturing has kept them in a stalemate, threatening the loss of 117,000 jobs and over 100 large-scale renewable energy projects.

Today, yet again, the tax extenders package, including all the renewable energy tax extensions and modifications, failed to attain the 60 votes needed for debate to proceed.  In the wake of this defeat, Majority Leader Reid switched his vote and immediately invoked cloture on another motion to proceed to HR 6049. It is my understanding that Reid will seek a vote on his new motion to invoke cloture after the July 4th recess.

The symbolic issues bringing the clean energy tax extensions to a stalemate have to do with a fight over whether Democratic leadership rules that such extensions must be paid by a decrease somewhere else in the federal budget, and with Republicans saying that tax extensions don't fit that rule.

While both parties may, in part, be right - the fact of the matter is "the longer these extensions are delayed, the more workers are shed and renewable energy projects are undermined", said Scott Sklar, President of a strategic energy policy and market firm.

"Time for Congress to get off the stalemate and move the extensions which over ten years cost the same as one month of the Iraq War," lamented Sklar.

Last Updated ( June 18, 2008 )
 
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